River Name Meaning

Possibly English (see Rivers), or an Americanized form of a like-sounding name in some other language, perhaps German Riffer (see Riffey).

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


Similar surnames: Rider, Riser, Rivers, Diver, Rover, Lier, Driver, Riner, Rivet, Rizer

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River Family Origin

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River Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Coal Miner

    5%

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

Source: Census data for River | Data not to scale

River Historical Records

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River Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1963 and 2004, River life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for River in 1963 was 76, and 79 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for River

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