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The surname Rives was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ryves, Rives and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rives research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1677, 1643, 1583, 1652, 1570, 1648, 1643, 1693 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Rives History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rives Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Rives family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rives Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Rives, who landed in Virginia in 1663-1664
  • Edward Rives, who arrived in America in 1674

Rives Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Rives, who settled in America in 1742

Rives Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Rives, who settled in America in 1809
  • Peter Rives, who landed in America in 1809
  • Reuben Rives, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Rives, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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  • Brigadier-General Tom Christopher Rives (1892-1975), American Chief of the Radio & Radar Subdivision, Air Material Command in 1945
  • Donald Earl Rives (b. 1951), former American professional American football player
  • Hallie Erminie Rives (1874-1956), as an American best-selling popular novelist
  • Zeno John Rives (1874-1939), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Francis Everod Rives (1792-1861), U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Jack L. Rives (b. 1952), the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association
  • George Lockhart Rives (1849-1917), served as United States Assistant Secretary of State
  • Alexander Rives (1806-1885), Virginia lawyer, politician, and federal judge
  • William Cabell Rives (1793-1868), American lawyer, politician and diplomat
  • Joey Rives (b. 1963), former American professional tennis player
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Rives Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rives Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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