Riester Family History

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Riester Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German riester ‘plow handle’, ‘leather patch’, presumably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of plow handles or, in north and central German, a metonymic occupational name for a cobbler.

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

Similar surnames: Riesterer, Rister, Richter, Reuter, Risner, Priester, Rester

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Riester Family Origin

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Riester Family Occupations

What did your Riester ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Riester family was Cigar Maker. The most common Riester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Riester's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riester.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer

  • Cigar Maker


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

Riester Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Riester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riestercensus 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 561 immigration records available for the last name Riester. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Riester. For the veterans among your Riester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riester Life Expectancy

What is the average Riester lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Riester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Riester in 1955 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riester

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riester 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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