Rice Family History

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Rice Name Meaning

Welsh: variant of Reese. Americanized spelling of German Reis.

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

Similar surnames: Bice, Price, Ryce, Nice, Rike, Hice, Wrice, Tice, Rife, Grice

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Rice Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rice name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rice. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Rice Family Origin

Where is the Rice family from?

Rice Family Occupations

What did your Rice ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rice. The most common Rice occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Rice's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rice family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Rice ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Rice Historical Records

What Rice family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 916,000 census records available for the last name Rice. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rice census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 84,000 immigration records available for the last name Rice. 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 Card

There are 183,000 military records available for the last name Rice. For the veterans among your Rice ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rice Life Expectancy

What is the average Rice lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rice life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rice in 1940 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rice

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rice ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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