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Reitz Name Meaning

German (of Slavic origin): habitational name from a place near Stolpe in Pomerania called Reitz. German: from a late medieval short pet form of the personal name Richard or Heinrich (see Henry). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name Raytse, of Germanic origin.

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


Similar surnames: Ritz, Rentz, Weitz, Gretz, Leitz, Neitz, Fitz, Reith, Peitz, Kreitz

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Where is the Reitz family from?

You can see how Reitz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reitz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reitz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Reitz families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 83% of all the recorded Reitz's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reitz families in 1840.
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What did your Reitz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reitz. 17% of Reitz men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Reitz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reitz 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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Reitz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reitz 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Reitz. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Reitz. For the veterans among your Reitz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reitz lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Reitz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Reitz in 1944 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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