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Rishel Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Rischel, from a pet form of a personal name beginning with the Old High German element hrod ‘renown’ or rihhi ‘power’.

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


Similar surnames: Rishell, Risher, Richel, Ritschel, Riedel, Rister, Reichel, Ressel

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Where is the Rishel family from?

You can see how Rishel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rishel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rishel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Rishel families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Rishel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rishel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rishel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rishel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rishel. 25% of Rishel men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Rishel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rishel were Carpenter and Teacher.

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    23%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • New Worker
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Rishel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rishel 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 306 immigration records available for the last name Rishel. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Rishel. For the veterans among your Rishel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rishel lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Rishel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Rishel in 1952 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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