Riggs Family History

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Riggs Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Old Norse hryggr. Compare Ridge.

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

Similar surnames: Briggs, Rigby, Rigg, Biggs, Krings, Griggs, Rings, Rogus, Triggs

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Riggs Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Riggs name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Riggs. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Riggs Family Origin

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Riggs Family Occupations

What did your Riggs ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Riggs family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riggs. The most common Riggs occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Riggs's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Riggs Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 161,000 census records available for the last name Riggs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riggs 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Riggs. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Riggs. For the veterans among your Riggs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riggs Life Expectancy

What is the average Riggs lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Riggs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Riggs in 1940 was 56, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riggs 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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