Rivera Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Ribera, Riera, Riviera, Rivero, Rivers, Revere, Vera, Riviere, Riva

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Rivera Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rivera name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rivera. 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


  • Portugal


  • England & Wales


  • France


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Rivera Family Origin

Where is the Rivera family from?

Rivera Family Occupations

What did your Rivera ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rivera. A less common occupation for the Rivera family was Keeping House. The most common Rivera occupation in the USA was Laborer. 26% of Rivera's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Rivera Historical Records

What Rivera family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 707,000 census records available for the last name Rivera. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rivera 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 144,000 immigration records available for the last name Rivera. 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 54,000 military records available for the last name Rivera. For the veterans among your Rivera ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rivera Life Expectancy

What is the average Rivera lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rivera life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rivera in 1942 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rivera 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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