Riel Family History

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Riel Name Meaning

variant of Riehl. habitational name from any of several places so named in Rhineland.

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

Similar surnames: Briel, Kiel, Ries, Riehl, Biel, Rieth, Viel, Kriel, Riels, Rief

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Riel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Riel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Riel Family Origin

Where is the Riel family from?

Riel Family Occupations

What did your Riel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Riel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Riel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Riel family was House Keeping. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • House Keeping


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

Riel Historical Records

What Riel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Riel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riel 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 Riel. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Riel. For the veterans among your Riel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riel Life Expectancy

What is the average Riel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Riel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Riel in 1942 was 44, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riel 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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