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Rief Name Meaning

German: from a variant of the personal name Rüef, Ruoff, reduced forms of Rudolf, or from a short form of the Germanic personal name Ricfrid, composed of ric ‘power(ful)’, ‘rich’ + frid ‘peace’.

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


Similar surnames: Ried, Ries, Rich, Riede, Riebe, Roed, Grief, Ripp, Lies, Rey

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Where is the Rief family from?

You can see how Rief families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rief family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rief families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Rief families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rief's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rief families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rief surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rief ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rief. 21% of Rief men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Rief women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rief were Clerk and Maid.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    34%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Maid
    23%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Rief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rief 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 725 immigration records available for the last name Rief. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Rief. For the veterans among your Rief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rief lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Rief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Rief in 1957 was 60, and 75 in 2004.

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