Riegel Family History

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Riegel Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German rigel ‘bar’, ‘crossbeam’, ‘mountain incline’, hence a topographic name or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word in Baden, Brandenburg, and Silesia; in some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbars, locks, etc.

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

Similar surnames: Ringel, Siegel, Riege, Riedel, Ziegel, Fiegel, Regel, Biegel, Liegel

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Riegel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Riegel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Riegel Family Origin

Where is the Riegel family from?

Riegel Family Occupations

What did your Riegel ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Riegel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Riegel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riegel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Riegel. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Riegel. For the veterans among your Riegel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riegel Life Expectancy

What is the average Riegel lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Riegel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Riegel in 1952 was 63, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riegel 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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