Rivers Family History

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Rivers Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Rivières, from the plural form of Old French rivière ‘river’ (originally meaning ‘riverbank’, from Latin riparia). The absence of English forms without the final -s makes it unlikely that it is ever from the borrowed Middle English vocabulary word river, but the French and other Romance cognates do normally have this sense. Common Americanized form of French Larivière.

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

Similar surnames: Revere, Ives, Rives, Travers, River, Rivera, Rivero, Riera, Ivers

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Rivers Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rivers name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • France


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Rivers Family Origin

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Rivers Family Occupations

What did your Rivers ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Rivers occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Rivers's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rivers family was Laborer. Farmer, Painter and Common Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rivers.

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  • Farmer

  • Painter

  • Common Laborer

  • Laborer


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Rivers Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 159,000 census records available for the last name Rivers. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rivers 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Rivers. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Rivers. For the veterans among your Rivers ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rivers Life Expectancy

What is the average Rivers lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Rivers life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rivers in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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