Ryver is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in various locations in England
. The origins of this surname can be traced back to France where the name was used to denote someone who was a native of La Riviere.
The surname Ryver was later introduced to England
by early French settlers and was used to identify the individuals who lived by the river.
Early Origins of the Ryver family
The surname Ryver was first found in Buckinghamshire
at Worminghall, a parish, in the union of Thame, hundred
of Ashendon. " It formerly had a market, granted to John de Rivers in 1304, with a fair on the festival of St. Peter and St. Paul." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ryver family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryver research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1110, 1573, 1442, 1483, 1603, 1641, 1640, 1579, 1651, 1614, 1695, 1660, 1657, 1656, 1679, 1665 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Ryver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ryver Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ryver family name include Rivers, Ryvers, River, Ryver and others.
Early Notables of the Ryver family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Lord Ryvers; Anthony Woodville Rivers (1442-1483), English nobleman; James Rivers (1603-1641), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Lewes (1640) son of Sir John Rivers, 1st Baronet (c.
1579-1651), attended Corpus Christi, Oxford aged 13;Nizel Rivers (1614-c. 1695), an... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ryver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ryver family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ryver surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Rivers, who settled in Jamaica in 1662; Elizabeth Rivers settled in Virginia in 1726; Joan Rivers settled in Virginia in 1653 with her husband; William Rivers settled in Barbados in 1679 with his servants..