Ries Family History

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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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Ries Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ries name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ries. 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


  • Norway


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Ries Family Origin

Where is the Ries family from?

Ries Family Occupations

What did your Ries ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Shoe Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ries. A less common occupation for the Ries family was Baker. The most common Ries occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Ries's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Shoe Maker

  • Baker


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

Ries Historical Records

What Ries family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Ries. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ries 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 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 Card

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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Ries Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ries 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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