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Reith Name Meaning

South German: habitational name from any of several places (Reith in Bavaria and Austria) named with Middle High German riute ‘forest clearing’. Compare Reiten Reiter and Reuter . North German: topographic name for someone who lived near reedy area from Middle Low German rēt reit ‘reedgrass’ or a habitational name from Reit in Lower Saxony. Scottish (Aberdeenshire): shortened form of Gaelic Mac Raith see McRae .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Raith, Reitz, Keith, Leith, Rentz, Beitz, Beith, Reisch, Seith, Reich

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Where is the Reith family from?

You can see how Reith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reith family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reith families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Reith families living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Reith's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Reith families in 1840.
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What did your Reith ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Reith. 14% of Reith men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Reith women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reith were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Reith. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Reith. For the veterans among your Reith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reith lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Reith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Reith in 1948 was 51, and 80 in 2004.

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