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The prestigious surname Rivieres comes from the dynamic region of Bourgogne, in France. Rivieres 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 Rivieres is derived from the Old French word riviere, meaning river, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river.

Rivieres Early Origins



The surname Rivieres 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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Rivieres Spelling Variations


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Rivieres 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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Rivieres Early History


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Rivieres Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rivieres 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 Rivieres History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rivieres Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rivieres 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 Rivieres 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 or some of its variants were: J. B. RiviŤre, aged 26, who settled in New Orleans in 1822; Jean RiviŤre, aged 50, who settled in Louisiana in 1823; Louis RiviŤre settled in America in 1766.

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