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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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Where is the Reiss family from?

You can see how Reiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reiss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Reiss family living in Alabama. This was about 20% of all the recorded Reiss's in the USA. Alabama and 4 other states had the highest population of Reiss families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reiss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reiss. 13% of Reiss men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Reiss women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reiss 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

  • Salesman
    13%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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