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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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Where is the Riegel family from?

You can see how Riegel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riegel family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Riegel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 33 Riegel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 94% of all the recorded Riegel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Riegel families in 1840.
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What did your Riegel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Riegel. 16% of Riegel men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Riegel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riegel were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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