Recorded in many forms including the French Rive, Rives, Larive, Delarive, Rivelon, the Italian Riva, Rivani, Rivano, the Catalonion Ribe, Ribes and Riba, the Spanish Rivero, and the Portugese Rebeira, da Rebeiro, and Ribeiro, this is a locational or residential surname. It originates from the ancient Roman (Latin) word 'ripa' meaning a river bank or possibly a plateau by a river or from places of the same name. As a surname it originally denoted someone who lived at such a place. It is one of that group of early European surnames that were adopted from conspicuous features in the landscape, whether natural or man-made, which could provide easy identification in the small communities of the Middle Ages. The particular forms of the surname from this source, identified as double diminutives, are mainly to be found in the Brittany and Anjou regions of France, and also in the south western counties of England, particularly Devon and Cornwall, reflecting their shared Celtic traditions. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving registers include: Hellena da Rebeiro of Canico in Maderia, on September 1st 1557, Francis Ryvallan of Plymouth, Devon, England, in 1596, and Louis Rives at Angers, in Maine-et-Loire, France, in 1643. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • rive — rive …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • rivé — rivé …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • rive — [ riv ] n. f. • 1080; lat. ripa I ♦ 1 ♦ Portion, bande de terre qui borde un cours d eau important. ⇒ 1. berge, bord. Rives aménagées d un fleuve. ⇒ quai. Habitants de la rive. ⇒ riverain. Rive droite, rive gauche, pour un observateur situé dans… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rive — steht für: Rive ist der Name folgender geographischer Objekte: Rive de Gier, eine Stadt im Département Loire, Frankreich Rive Gauche, das linke Ufer der Seine in Paris Rive (Piemont), ein Ort in der Provinz Vercelli, Italien Rive d’Arcano, ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • rive — Rive, Semble qu il vienne de Ripa. Inde Rivet de souliers, et River un clou. La rive ou rivage de la mer, voyez Rivage. La rive ou bord d une fontaine, Margo fontis. La rive d un bois, Ora. Pain de rive …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Rive — Rive, v. t. [imp. {Rived}; p. p. {Rived} or {Riven}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Riving}.] [Icel. r[=i]fa, akin to Sw. rifva to pull asunder, burst, tear, Dan. rive to rake, pluck, tear. Cf. {Reef} of land, {Rifle} a gun, {Rift}, {Rivel}.] To rend asunder… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rivé — rivé, ée (ri vé, vée) part. passé de river. Dont on a abattu la pointe. •   Le fer de son épée est rivé par le bout, DANCOURT Sancho Pança, V, 1.    Fig. Fixé comme un clou dont on a rivé la pointe, enchaîné. •   L eunuque rivé pour jamais à la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • rive — RIVE. s. f. Le bord d un fleuve, d un estang, d un lac, de la mer. La rive de ce fleuve est fort basse du costé de la prairie. sur les rives de la Loire, de la Seine &c. le long des rives. n approchez pas si prés de la rive. rives lointaines. On… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Rive — may refer to:* Rive (VC), a town in Piedmont, Italy * Rive d Arcano, a town in Friuli Venezia Guilia, Italy …   Wikipedia

  • Rive — Rive, v. i. To be split or rent asunder. [1913 Webster] Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction. Woodward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rive — Rive, n. A place torn; a rent; a rift. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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