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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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Where is the Richey family from?

You can see how Richey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Richey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Richey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 66 Richey families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 22% of all the recorded Richey's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Richey families in 1840.
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What did your Richey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Richey. 24% of Richey men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Richey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Richey were Truck Driver and Seamstress. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Seamstress
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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