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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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Where is the Reis family from?

You can see how Reis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reis families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Reis families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 80% of all the recorded Reis's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reis families in 1840.
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What did your Reis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reis. 16% of Reis men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Reis women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reis were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Reis. For the veterans among your Reis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reis lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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