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Rive family page


An unknown Mrs Rive photographed by Ernest Baudoux in the 19th century

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Origin of Surname

The name originates from the 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. The French for a river bank is rive. However, the name in Jersey may not have originated in France, but in England. The earliest records, as indicated in Descendants of Thomas Rive say that Thomas Rive was un soldat anglais - 'an English soldier' - so Rive is probably a phonetic attempt to spell Reeve, which comes from the Anglo Saxon, meaning a manorial steward.

Early records

The first Rive baptism is found in the St Peter register in 1652, and until the 19th century, the family lived largely in this parish and neighbouring St Ouen and St Brelade. There was also a small branch in St Helier.


  • Rive
  • Rives
  • Larive
  • Delarive
  • Rivelon

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Emigrant to Canada

Family businesses

A G Rive, baker and confectioner, started out at 1 Old St John's Road, before moving into the centre of St Helier at 35 Queen Street

Family album

Family gravestones

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