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Greis Name Meaning

German: descriptive nickname for a gray-haired man, from Middle High German gris ‘gray’. Respelling of German Gries.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Greif, Kreis, Preis, Freis, Reis, Grems, Gress, Grein, Gareis, Geist

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Where is the Greis family from?

You can see how Greis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Greis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 49 Greis families living in New York. This was about 39% of all the recorded Greis's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Greis families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Greis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Greis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Greis. 24% of Greis men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Greis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Greis were Salesman and Maid.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    27%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Office Clerk
    14%
  • Maid
    14%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Greis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Greis. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Greis. For the veterans among your Greis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greis lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Greis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Greis in 1956 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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