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Riggs Name Meaning

English (Dorset):: variant of Ricks with voicing of /ks/ to /gs/. variant of Rigg with post-medieval excrescent -s.

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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Where is the Riggs family from?

You can see how Riggs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riggs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Riggs families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 61 Riggs families living in New York. This was about 11% of all the recorded Riggs's in USA. New York had the highest population of Riggs families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Riggs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Riggs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Riggs. 18% of Riggs men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Riggs women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riggs were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Waitress
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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