Reis Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German ris ‘undergrowth’, ‘brushwood’; a topographic name for someone who lived in an overgrown area, or a habitational name from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria, named with this word. German: occupational name for a cobbler, Middle High German riuze. Compare Reuss. German: variant of Reiss 2, or from the Huguenot name Ris. Altered spelling of German Ries. Portuguese and Galician: from a short form of dos Reis ‘(of) the (Three) Kings’, a personal name popularly bestowed on someone born on the feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. This is a frequent family name in southern Portugal. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a dealer in rice or an ornamental name from German Reis ‘rice’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Reis ‘twig’, ‘branch’. Turkish: from reis ‘boss’, ‘chief’, ‘head of a business enterprise’. A Greek derivative of this is also found as a surname, in the form Reizis.

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


Similar surnames: Kreis, Rais, Preis, Reiss, Meis, Reise, Reil, Regis, Reus, Ress

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Reis Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    17%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Saloon Keeper

    4%

In 1880, the most common Reis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Reis's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reis. A less common occupation for the Reis family was Saloon Keeper.

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Between 1943 and 2004, Reis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Reis in 1943 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reis

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