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The prestigious surname Riviere comes from the dynamic region of Bourgogne, in France. Riviere is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Riviere is derived from the Old French word riviere, meaning river, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river.

Riviere Early Origins



The surname Riviere was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

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Riviere Spelling Variations


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Riviere Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: RiviŤre, RivyŤre, RyvyŤre, RyviŤre, RiviŤres, RivyŤres, RyvyŤres, RyviŤres, La RiviŤre, La RivyŤre, La RyvyŤre, La RyviŤre, La RiviŤres, La RivyŤres, La RyvyŤres, La RyviŤres, Rivest and many more.

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Riviere Early History


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Riviere Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riviere research. Another 737 words (53 lines of text) covering the years 1147, 1429, 1689, 1787, 1789, 1806, 1814, 1400 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Riviere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riviere Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riviere Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Bureau de La RiviŤre (died 1400), a French politician, knight and royal adviser, the chamberlain of Charles V the Wise and an advisor...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riviere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riviere Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Riviere, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jean Riviere, aged 50, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis RiviŤre settled in America in 1766

Riviere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. B. RiviŤre, aged 26, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Jean RiviŤre, aged 50, who settled in Louisiana in 1823
  • M. Riviere, aged 20, settled in Louisiana in 1823
  • Manuel Riviere, aged 21, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Pedro Riviere, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riviere (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riviere (post 1700)



  • Alexander Riviere, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Portsmouth, 1884
  • Jacques RiviŤre (1886-1925), French writer
  • Georges Henri RiviŤre, French ethnologist, who created the Popular Arts and Traditions Museum, and was the initiator of many other French museums
  • …mile RiviŤre, French writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Riviere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riviere 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 08:54.

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