Reiss Family History

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Reiss Name Meaning

German: variant of Reis 1. German: from any of several Germanic personal names composed with ric ‘power(ful)’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Reis. German: from a French Huguenot name Ris, rendered as Reis, Reiss.

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

Similar surnames: Reis, Weiss, Heiss, Preiss, Reise, Deiss, Riss, Reiff, Ris, Ress

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Reiss Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reiss name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Reiss. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Reiss Family Origin

Where is the Reiss family from?

Reiss Family Occupations

What did your Reiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Reiss occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Reiss's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Reiss family was Cigar Maker. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reiss.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Cigar Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Reiss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Reiss Historical Records

What Reiss family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Reiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reiss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Reiss. 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 Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Reiss. For the veterans among your Reiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reiss Life Expectancy

What is the average Reiss lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Reiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Reiss in 1941 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reiss

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reiss ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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