Rivas Family History

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Rivas Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from any of the places named Rivas or Ribas, a variant of Ribas. in some cases, variant of Catalan Ribes (see Ribas).

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

Similar surnames: Ribas, Riva, Rosas, Navas, Livas, Rodas, Vinas, Bias, Regas, Trias

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Rivas Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rivas name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rivas. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Rivas Family Origin

Where is the Rivas family from?

Rivas Family Occupations

What did your Rivas ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rivas occupation in the USA was Laborer. 27% of Rivas's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rivas. A less common occupation for the Rivas family was Keeps House.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


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

Rivas Historical Records

What Rivas family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Rivas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rivas 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Rivas. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Rivas. For the veterans among your Rivas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rivas Life Expectancy

What is the average Rivas lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Rivas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Rivas in 1941 was 37, and 66 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rivas 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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