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Ries Family History

Ries Name Meaning

South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Germanic personal name, but mainly a nickname for an exceptionally tall or big man, Middle High German rise, German Riese ‘giant’. In some cases the name may have been used to refer ironically to a particularly short man. South German: habitational name from any of several places named Ries. German: topographic name from Middle Low German ris ‘branch’, ‘twig’, ‘brushwood’. Altered spelling of German Riess or Reis.

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


Similar surnames: Riss, Mies, Dies, Pries, Riis, Ried, Gries, Fies, Kies, Ris

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Where is the Ries family from?

You can see how Ries families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ries family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ries families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Ries family living in Indiana. This was about 14% of all the recorded Ries's in the USA. Indiana and 6 other states had the highest population of Ries families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ries surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ries ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ries. 13% of Ries men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Ries women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ries 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
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ries. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Ries. For the veterans among your Ries ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ries lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ries life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ries in 1944 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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