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.
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 baptisms in Jersey
- Rive marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Rive marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Rive burials in Jersey
Great War service
Emigrant to Canada
- Baking during the Occupation, the trials and tribulations of Sydney Rive's David Place bakery, as told by his son
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