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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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Where is the Riel family from?

You can see how Riel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Riel families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Riel families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Riel's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Riel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Riel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Riel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Riel. 18% of Riel men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Riel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riel were Manager and Housework.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Housework
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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