Ring Family History

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Ring Name Meaning

English, German, and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rings (from Middle English ring, Middle High German rinc, Middle Dutch ring), either to be worn as jewelry or as component parts of chain-mail, harnesses, and other objects. In part it may also have arisen as a nickname for a wearer of a ring. Scandinavian: from ring ‘ring’, probably an ornamental name but possibly applied in the same sense as 3 or 1. German: topographic name from Middle High German, Middle Low German rink, rinc ‘circle’. Irish (eastern County Cork): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rinn (see Reen).

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

Similar surnames: Rind, Kring, Ing, Rink, King, Bing, Rinn, Ming, Dring, Ringe

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Ring Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ring name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ring. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Ring Family Origin

Where is the Ring family from?

Ring Family Occupations

What did your Ring ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ring family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ring. The most common Ring occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Ring's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Ring Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Ring. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ring 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Ring. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Ring. For the veterans among your Ring ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ring Life Expectancy

What is the average Ring lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ring life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Ring in 1940 was 67, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ring 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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