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Rich Name Meaning

English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases an ironic nickname for a pauper) from Middle English Old French riche ‘rich wealthy’ a word of ancient Germanic origin akin to ancient Germanic rīc ‘power(ful)’. English: from the Middle English personal name Rich a pet form of any of the post-Conquest names beginning in Rich- such as Richer and especially Richard . Compare Rick . English: either a topographic name from Middle English riche(Old English ric) ‘stream’ signifying one who lived beside a stream as at Glynde Reach (Sussex) or perhaps a habitational name from the (now lost) village of Riche (Lincolnshire). English: sometimes perhaps a variant of Ridge with devoicing of the formerly medial consonant. Americanized form of German Reich .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Reich, Ritch, Roch, Raich, Riche, Rech, Urich, Rick, Rock, Eich

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Where is the Rich family from?

You can see how Rich families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rich family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rich families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 180 Rich families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Rich's in USA. New York had the highest population of Rich families in 1840.
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What did your Rich ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rich. 15% of Rich men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Rich women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rich were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Rich. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Rich. For the veterans among your Rich ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rich lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rich life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rich in 1940 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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