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Rivera Family History

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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Where is the Rivera family from?

You can see how Rivera families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rivera family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Rivera families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 337 Rivera families living in New Mexico. This was about 54% of all the recorded Rivera's in the USA. New Mexico had the highest population of Rivera families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rivera surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rivera ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Labrador and Costurera were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rivera. 18% of Rivera men worked as a Labrador and 12% of Rivera women worked as a Costurera. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rivera were Agricultor and Cocinera.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Labrador
    18%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Jornalero
    11%
  • Agricultor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Costurera
    12%
  • Sirvienta
    12%
  • Lavandera
    5%
  • Cocinera
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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