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Retz Family History

Retz Name Meaning

from a short form of the personal names Rezo, Razo. habitational name from any of several places named Retz or Retzen in northwestern Germany and Austria.

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

Similar surnames: Rentz, Rutz, Pretz, Tetz, Reitz, Rotz, Rietz, Reetz, Gretz, Metz

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Where is the Retz family from?

You can see how Retz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Retz family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Retz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Retz family living in Indiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Retz's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Retz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Retz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Retz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Retz. 19% of Retz men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Retz women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Retz were Clerk and Nurse.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Nurse
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What Retz family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Retz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Retz 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 955 immigration records available for the last name Retz. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Retz. For the veterans among your Retz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Retz lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Retz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Retz in 1944 was 36, and 80 in 2004.

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