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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rivera mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Rivera

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  • According to a user from Tanzania, the name Rivera is of Spanish origin and means "Determined , humble,polite, loving".

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  1. Socialist Mexican painter of murals (1886-1957)

From Spanish Rivera.

  1. A surname​.

Rivera was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Notable Persons Named Rivera

Rivera is a soccer player for the AC Bellinzona, SC Kriens, FC Malcantone Agno, and FC Vaduz. Rivera was born on March 16th, 1978 in Lima.


Rivera was born in 1895. He left this life in 1990.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rivera

Naya Rivera is an actress, singer-songwriter, and model. She was most active from 1991 to present. Naya was given the name Naya Marie Rivera on January 12th, 1987 in Valencia, California, U.S.


Diego Rivera was an artist in the fields of painting and mural. Diego was given the name Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez on December 8th, 1886 in Guanajuato, Mexico. He left this life on November 24th, 1957.


Maxwell is a contemporary r&b, soul music, neo soul, quiet storm, funk, and jazz singer-songwriter and record producer. He plays Piano, Guitar, Moog synthesizer, and Vocals. He holds the title Sumthin' Sumthin'". His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 2002. Maxwell was given the name Gerald Maxwell Rivera on May 23rd, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.


Geraldo Rivera is a journalist, talk show host, writer, and attorney. He has been prominent since 1970. Geraldo was given the name Gerald Michael Rivera on July 4th, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.


Don Omar is a singing, songwriter, actor, and singer. Don was given the name William Omar Landrón Rivera on February 10th, 1978 in Carolina, Puerto Rico.


She was most prominent from 2012 to present. Angélica was born on August 2nd, 1969 in Mexico City.


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Popularity of Rivera as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rivera U.S.
  White 5.40% 64.26%
  African American 0.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.04% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.18% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 91.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rivera

People with the last name Rivera are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Rivera

  • How Popular is the name Rivera? Rivera is the 88,847th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rivera was the 46th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rivera have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Rivera in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rivera? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rivera first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rivera is Friday, December 22nd, 1893.
  • What year had the most people named Rivera born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rivera was in 1914 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Rivera: Your name in reverse order is Arevir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Avreri. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rivera? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 391,114 people with the last name Rivera.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rivera? Rivera was ranked as the 46th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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