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Rivera Surname Origin
(Spanish) habitational (locality) name from any of the places named Rivera.
Source: American Surnames. ; Smith, Elsdon C; Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
Rivera Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Rivera family history than the origin of your surname:
A Rivera Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes