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Riis Family History

Riis Name Meaning

Scandinavian: nickname from ris ‘twigs’, ‘scrub’, or a habitational name from any of several places so named in Denmark. Norwegian: habitational name from any of five farmsteads named Ris, from Old Norse hrís ‘brushwood’.

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


Similar surnames: Ries, Reis, Rios, Riss, Rike, Ribas, Diss, Rais, Rio, Roos

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Where is the Riis family from?

You can see how Riis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riis family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Riis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Riis families living in Minnesota. This was about 88% of all the recorded Riis's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Riis families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Riis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Riis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Riis. 39% of Riis men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Riis women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riis were Salesman and Cook.

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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
    39%
  • Machinist
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    16%
  • Salesman
    16%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    50%
  • Cook
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Riis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riis 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 Riis. 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 454 military records available for the last name Riis. For the veterans among your Riis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Riis lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Riis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Riis in 1962 was 75, and 90 in 2004.

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