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Rivera Family History

Rivera Name Meaning
Spanish: habitational name from any of the places named Rivera, a variant of Ribera.Italian: northern variant of the southern (especially Sicily) topographic name Ribera.Catalan: in some cases, variant of Catalan Ribera.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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706,320 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Rivera Families

  • Number of Rivera families
     2,242 - 4,482
     748 - 2,241
     1 - 747
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Rivera families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Rivera last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Rivera Family Origin

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Rivera Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Rivera

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Rivera Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Rivera census records

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Rivera Civil War Service Records

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