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Risher Name Meaning

English: variant of Rusher. Americanized spelling of German Rischer, a nickname for a hasty or impetuous person, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rischen ‘to rush’. Americanized spelling of Swiss German Rüscher, a topographic name for someone who lived on a mountainside, from southern dialect risch ‘slope’, ‘mountainside’ + -er, suffix denoting an inhabitant. Americanized spelling of North German Rischer, a topographic name from Middle Low German risch ‘reed’, a topographic name for someone who lived where reeds grew. Anglicized form of Eastern German Rischar, a nickname from Sorbian rýsar ‘knight’.

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


Similar surnames: Risler, Riser, Richer, Risner, Fisher, Rusher, Reiser, Rishel, Disher

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Where is the Risher family from?

You can see how Risher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Risher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Risher families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Risher families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 35% of all the recorded Risher's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Risher families in 1840.
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What did your Risher ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Risher. 23% of Risher men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Risher women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Risher were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 568 immigration records available for the last name Risher. 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 Risher. For the veterans among your Risher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Risher lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Risher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Risher in 1952 was 48, and 69 in 2004.

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