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Rish Family History

Rish Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Risch or of South German (Swiss) Rüsch, a topographic name from Middle High German rusch ‘reeds’, or from a pet form of Rudolf.

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


Similar surnames: Risch, Riss, Rush, Fish, Risi, Rash, Nish, Rich, Riser, Wish

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Where is the Rish family from?

You can see how Rish families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rish family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rish families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Rish families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 32% of all the recorded Rish's in the USA. Pennsylvania and 1 other state had the highest population of Rish families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rish surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rish ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rish. 24% of Rish men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Rish women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rish were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    9%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Rish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rish 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 787 immigration records available for the last name Rish. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Rish. For the veterans among your Rish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rish lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Rish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rish in 1955 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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