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Rietz Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places so named in eastern Germany. altered spelling of Reitz.

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

Similar surnames: Reetz, Lietz, Retz, Rieth, Ritz, Zietz, Riepe, Netz, Riera, Rentz

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Where is the Rietz family from?

You can see how Rietz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rietz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Rietz families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 46 Rietz families living in Wisconsin. This was about 28% of all the recorded Rietz's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Rietz families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rietz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rietz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rietz. 28% of Rietz men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Rietz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rietz were Manager and Teacher.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Rietz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rietz census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rietz. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Rietz. For the veterans among your Rietz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rietz lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Rietz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Rietz in 1953 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

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