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Gries Name Meaning

South German: topographic name for someone who lived in a sandy place, from Middle High German griez ‘sand’. Perhaps a reduced form of German Griese.

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

Similar surnames: Ries, Kries, Pries, Grieser, Grieb, Grill, Bries, Fries, Gier, Gies

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Where is the Gries family from?

You can see how Gries families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gries family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gries families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Gries families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Gries's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gries families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gries surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gries ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gries. 22% of Gries men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Gries women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gries were Clerk and Cook.

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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
  • Operator
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Seamstress
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Gries. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gries 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gries. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gries. For the veterans among your Gries ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gries lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gries life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Gries in 1944 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

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