River Family History

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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

What did your River ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, accountant, Blacksmith (Journeyman) and Brass & C...k Finisher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by River. The most common River occupation in the UK was Accountant. 11% of River's were Accountants. A less common occupation for the River family was Finisher Dye Works (Cott Dyer).

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  • Accountant

  • Blacksmith (Journeyman)

  • Brass & C...k Finisher

  • Finisher Dye Works (Cott Dyer)


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

River Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name River. Like a window into their day-to-day life, River 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name River. 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 Card

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name River. For the veterans among your River ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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River Life Expectancy

What is the average River lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for River

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your River 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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