Origins of Rives:
According to the early recordings of the spelling of the name, this interesting and unusual surname is listed in many spelling forms of the French names, Rive, Rives, Larive, Delarive, Rivelon. In Italian Riva, Rivani, Rivano, in Catalonion Ribe, Ribes, and Riba, and in Spanish Rivero, and Portugese Rebeira, da Rebeiro, and Ribeiro. It is a regional or locational surname. It derives from the old Roman (Latin) word 'ripa' which means a river bank or possibly a flat land by a river or from regions of the similar name. As a name, it was frequently mentioned as a person who resided in such a region. It is one of the group of previous European surnames that was known for a conspicuous pattern, both in original or artificial forms, which could be used for easy recognition in small areas during the Middle Ages. The specific types of the surname from this origin, are recognized as double nicknames, and were originally appeared in the Brittany and Anjou communities of France, and also in the southwestern divisions of England, especially in Devon and Cornwall, representing their respective Celtic cultures. Previous examples of the surname documentations derived from the remaining records consist of Hellena da Rebeiro of Canico in Maderia, in September in the year 1557, Francis Ryvallan of Plymouth, Devon, England, in 1596, and Louis Rives at Angers, in Maine-et-Loire, France, in the year 1643.
More common variations are: Reives, Rieves, Riives, Rhives, Raives, Riveas, Rivies, Rivieis, Riveso, Riveus.
The origins of the surname Rives was found in Dorest where people held a family seat from early times and their first recording was introduced on the poll rolls derived by the Lords of Britain to developed the rate of taxation on their activities.
The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal tax. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
Many of the people with name Rives had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Rives settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Rives who settled in the United States in the 17th century included William Rives landed in Virginia from the year 1663 to 1664. Edward Rives settled in America in the year 1674.
Some of the people with the surname Rives who settled in the United States in the 18th century included James Rives arrived in America in the year 1742.
The following century saw much more Rives surnames come. Some of the people with the surname Rives who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Peter Rives and Peter Rives; both came to America in the same year in 1809. Reuben Rives and John Rives, both landed in San Francisco, California in the same year in 1851.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Rives: United States 4,050; England 38; Germany 202; France 3,319; Chile 189; Russia 58; Brazil 95; Mexico 759; Spain 1,197; Argentina 478.
Jean-Pierre Rives was born in December 1952. He is a French player in champion rugby and inventor. "A cult figure in France," according to the BBC, he came to personify the team's courage and "ultra-committed, skill and dignity style of play.”
Alexander Rives was born in June in the year 1806 and died in September in the year 1885. He was a Virginia advocate, leader, and justice. He was born in Nelson Division, Virginia. He joined Hampden-Sydney College from the year 1821 to 1825 when he got his undergraduate degree and the University of Virginia, graduating in the year 1828.
Rives (poet) was born in the year 1968. He is an American poet, story writer, and novel writer. His well-known poems are "Kite," about waking up alone in a new lover's house, and "Mockingbird," which he played differently every time, combining the words of other poets and announcers in the program.
Jean-Baptiste Jassont Lafayette Rives, who sometimes was introduced as John Reeves (1793–1833), was a French explorer who gave services in the court of the Kingdom of Hawaii. His forename sometimes is spelled John and surname Reeves by English reporters.