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Ris Name Meaning

Swiss German: Alemannic variant of Ries 3 or Reis 1. Dutch: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with Ris-, variant of Ries, or a patronymic from a short form of Henri, French equivalent of Henry.

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

Similar surnames: Rais, Reis, Ras, Lis, Ries, Risi, Riss, Mis, Rish, Oris

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Where is the Ris family from?

You can see how Ris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Ris families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Ris families living in Iowa. This was about 23% of all the recorded Ris's in the USA. Iowa had the highest population of Ris families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ris surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ris ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman was the top reported job for people in the US named Ris. 17% of Ris men worked as a Salesman.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Janitor
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Ris. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ris 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ris. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Ris. For the veterans among your Ris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ris lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Ris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Ris in 1952 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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