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Riva Surname Meaning

Italian: topographic name for someone who lived by a wharf or landing at a port or seaport or on the bank of a river from riva ‘river bank’ (from Latin ripa). Catalan and Spanish: variant of Riba which has the same origin and meaning as 1 above. French (southern): topographic name of Italian origin (see 1 above) or from dialect riva ‘(river) bank shore’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Riba, Ripa, Oliva, Rita, Rivas, Rio, Niva, Ribas, Rada, Rivard

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Where is the Riva family from?

You can see how Riva families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riva family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Riva families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 16 Riva families living in London. This was about 39% of all the recorded Riva's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Riva families in 1891.
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What did your Riva ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Hotel Waiter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Riva. 100% of Riva men worked as a Hotel Waiter and 100% of Riva women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • Hotel Waiter
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Riva. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riva 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Riva. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Riva. For the veterans among your Riva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Riva lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Riva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Riva in 1944 was 56, and 86 in 2004.

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