History of your Surname
Get access to Heis family records.Start a free trial

Heis Family History

Heis Name Meaning

South German (Bavaria and Swabia): from a short form of the personal name Matheis (see Matthias ). North German: variant of Heise .

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

Similar surnames: Heiss, Heil, Reis, Meis, Hess, Heims, Hees, Heise, Hein, Heit

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Heis family from?

You can see how Heis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heis families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Heis family living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Heis's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Heis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Heis. 22% of Heis men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Heis women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heis were Salesman and Clerk. .

View Census Data for Heis | Data not to scale

*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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • House Work
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Heis family records will you find?

Census Records

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

Search US census records for Heis

Passenger Lists

There are 581 immigration records available for the last name Heis. 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.

View all Heis immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 946 military records available for the last name Heis. For the veterans among your Heis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Heis military records

You've only scratched the surface of Heis family history

Discover More

What is the average Heis lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Heis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Heis in 1961 was 54, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Heis

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Heis family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Heis last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial