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Risner Name Meaning

Variant of the German habitational name Reisner, or of German Riesner, an occupational name for a maker of veils and hoods, from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German rise ‘veil’.

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


Similar surnames: Reisner, Risher, Eisner, Risler, Riser, Rosner, Rinner, Reiser

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Where is the Risner family from?

You can see how Risner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Risner family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Risner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Risner families living in Kentucky. This was about 24% of all the recorded Risner's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Risner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Risner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Risner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Risner. 31% of Risner men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Risner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Risner were Farm Operator and New Worker.

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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

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farm Laborer
    9%
  • Farm Operator
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Seamstress
    16%
  • Farm Laborer
    11%
  • New Worker
    9%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Risner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Risner 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 368 immigration records available for the last name Risner. 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 Risner. For the veterans among your Risner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Risner lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Risner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Risner in 1948 was 48, and 66 in 2004.

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