Rees Family History

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Rees Name Meaning

Welsh: variant spelling of Reese. German: habitational name from a place in the Rhineland called Rees. German: short form of Andreas.

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

Similar surnames: Reese, Drees, Reis, Hees, Dees, Ries, Reek, Remes, Kees, Lees

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Rees Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rees name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rees. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Rees Family Origin

Where is the Rees family from?

Rees Family Occupations

What did your Rees ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Rees occupation in Canada was Farmer. 13% of Rees's were Farmers. Farmer, Farmer Son and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rees. A less common occupation for the Rees family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • Servant

  • Laborer


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

Rees Historical Records

What Rees family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 397,000 census records available for the last name Rees. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rees 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 51,000 immigration records available for the last name Rees. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name Rees. For the veterans among your Rees ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rees Life Expectancy

What is the average Rees lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rees life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rees in 1944 was 27, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rees 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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