Rief Family History

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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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Rief Family Origin

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Rief Family Occupations

What did your Rief ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rief family was Saloon Keeper. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rief. The most common Rief occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Rief's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Saloon Keeper


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

Rief Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Rief Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rief

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rief 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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