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Reese Name Meaning

Welsh: from one of the most common Welsh personal names, Rhys, Old Welsh Ris ‘ardor’. This was the name of the last ruler of an independent kingdom of Wales, Rhys ap Tewder, who died in 1093 unsuccessfully opposing the Norman advance. North German and Dutch: nickname for a very big man, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rese ‘giant’. German: habitational name from places called Rees or Reese, in Rhineland and Lower Saxony.

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


Similar surnames: Breese, Heese, Reise, Rees, Weese, Meese, Beese, Feese, Hees, Neese

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Where is the Reese family from?

You can see how Reese families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reese family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reese families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 128 Reese families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Reese's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reese families in 1840.
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What did your Reese ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reese. 18% of Reese men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Reese women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reese were Truck Driver 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
    18%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Cook
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Reese. 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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There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Reese. For the veterans among your Reese ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reese lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Reese life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Reese in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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