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Where did the English Rivington family come from? What is the English Rivington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rivington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rivington family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rivington, Revington, Riffington, Rifington and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century near Bolton in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rivington research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1587, 1618, 1642, 1688, and 1742 are included under the topic Early Rivington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rivington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Rivington, who landed in New York in 1801-1802

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  • James Rivington (1724-1802), English-born American journalist
  • Luke Rivington (1838-1899), English Roman Catholic priest and controversial writer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deum timete et regem favete
Motto Translation: Fear God, and the silent

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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Rivington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rivington 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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