Riva Family History

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Riva Name Meaning

Italian: topographic name for someone who lived by a wharf in a port or on the bank of a river, riva (Latin ripa). Catalan and Spanish: variant of Riba, which has the same origin and meaning as 1.

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

Similar surnames: Riba, Ripa, Oliva, Rita, Rivas, Rio, Niva, Ribas, Rada, Rivard

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Riva Family Origin

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Riva Family Occupations

What did your Riva ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Fresco Painter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riva. The most common Riva occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Riva's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Riva family was Painter.

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  • Farmer

  • Fresco Painter

  • Laborer

  • Painter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Riva ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Riva Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Riva. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riva census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Riva. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Riva. For the veterans among your Riva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riva Life Expectancy

What is the average Riva lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Riva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Riva in 1944 was 56, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riva

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riva ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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