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Reich Family History

Reich Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a wealthy or powerful man, from Middle High German rich ‘of noble descent’, ‘powerful’, ‘rich’, German reich ‘rich’. German: from a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element rihhi ‘power’, ‘might’.

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

Similar surnames: Rich, Teich, Reiff, Rech, Raich, Redlich, Weich, Reisch, Eich, Reick

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Where is the Reich family from?

You can see how Reich families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reich family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reich families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 13 Reich families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 59% of all the recorded Reich's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reich families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reich surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reich ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reich. 11% of Reich men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Reich women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reich were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Reich. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reich 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Reich. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Reich. For the veterans among your Reich ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reich lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Reich life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Reich in 1945 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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