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Rivers Family History

Rivers Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Rivières, from the plural form of Old French rivière ‘river’ (originally meaning ‘riverbank’, from Latin riparia). The absence of English forms without the final -s makes it unlikely that it is ever from the borrowed Middle English vocabulary word river, but the French and other Romance cognates do normally have this sense.Common Americanized form of French Larivière.

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

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195,292 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
28,553 Military Records
12,266 Immigration Records
155,262 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Rivers Families

  • Number of Rivers families
     311 - 620
     104 - 310
     1 - 103
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Rivers families
     255 - 507
     86 - 254
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Rivers families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Rivers Family Origin

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Rivers Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Rivers

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Rivers Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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