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