Ryerson Family History

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Ryerson Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Reierson or of any of its cognates, for example Dutch Ryerse(n) or Norwegian and Danish Reiersen. LP, pwh

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

Similar surnames: Rierson, Person, Enerson, Syverson, Reason, Reierson, Iverson

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Ryerson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ryerson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ryerson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Ryerson Family Origin

Where is the Ryerson family from?

Ryerson Family Occupations

What did your Ryerson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Ryerson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Ryerson's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ryerson. A less common occupation for the Ryerson family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ryerson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ryerson Historical Records

What Ryerson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Ryerson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ryerson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ryerson. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Ryerson. For the veterans among your Ryerson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ryerson Life Expectancy

What is the average Ryerson lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Ryerson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Ryerson in 1946 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ryerson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ryerson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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