Ries Family History
Ries Name Meaning
South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an ancient 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 called Ries. German: topographic name from Middle Low German rīs ‘branch twig brushwood’. Altered form of German Riess or Reis . Welsh: variant of Rice .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022