Richey Family History

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Richey Name Meaning

German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on ric ‘power(ful)’ (see Reich), or from the female personal name Rikheit, from ric + suffix -heit ‘way of being’. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Reiche or Ritsche (see Ritchey 2). English and northern Irish: variant spelling of Ritchie.

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

Similar surnames: Richley, Richer, Ritchey, Rickey, Richel, Ricken, Roche, Rickel

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Richey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Richey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Richey. 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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Richey Family Origin

Where is the Richey family from?

Richey Family Occupations

What did your Richey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Richey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Richey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Richey family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Richey.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Richey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 70,000 census records available for the last name Richey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Richey 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Richey. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Richey. For the veterans among your Richey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Richey Life Expectancy

What is the average Richey lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Richey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Richey in 1941 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Richey 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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