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Ritsema Name Meaning

Frisian: probably a variant of Riddersma.

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

Similar surnames: Reitsma, Wiersema, Sietsema, Rosema, Sytsma, Riese, Ritzer, Risse

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Where is the Ritsema family from?

You can see how Ritsema families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ritsema family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ritsema families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Ritsema families living in Missouri. This was 100% of all the recorded Ritsema's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Ritsema families in 1880.
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What did your Ritsema ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ritsema. 26% of Ritsema men worked as a Laborer and 45% of Ritsema women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ritsema were Plasterer and Sewing Machine Operator.

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Farmer
  • Plasterer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Sewing Machine Operator
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Census Records

There are 802 census records available for the last name Ritsema. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ritsema 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 273 immigration records available for the last name Ritsema. 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 232 military records available for the last name Ritsema. For the veterans among your Ritsema ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ritsema lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Ritsema life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1967, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Ritsema in 1960 was 58, and 69 in 2004.

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