||Re: Finding Etymology of a Surname
||Jim Young (guest, 184.108.40.206)
||January 27, 2006 at 4:45:24 PM
||Finding Etymology of a Surname by Luis E. Romero
Riviere is a French surname. In modern French it means "river", but in Medieval France it meant "river bank" or "lake shore". There are places so caled in France, for example Riviere-sur-Tarn in Aveyron.
I'm not surprised it became Rivera among Spanish speakers. It's an easy transition and Rivera is a good Spanish name. Different meaning of course.
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