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Ress Name Meaning

German: nickname for an irascible or excitable man from Middle High German ræsse ‘wild raging’. German (Bavaria): topographic name from ress ‘slope’ or ‘drainage channel’. German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with rād rāt ‘advice counsel’. Welsh: variant of Reese .

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


Similar surnames: Russ, Riss, Reis, Ross, Reus, Gress, Kress, Dress, Hess, Ness

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Where is the Ress family from?

You can see how Ress families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ress family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ress families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Ress families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Ress's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ress families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ress surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ress ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ress. 24% of Ress men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Ress women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ress were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Ress. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ress 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ress. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Ress. For the veterans among your Ress ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ress lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Ress life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ress in 1959 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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