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Reis Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German ris ‘undergrowth’, ‘brushwood’; a topographic name for someone who lived in an overgrown area, or a habitational name from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria, named with this word. German: occupational name for a cobbler, Middle High German riuze. Compare Reuss. German: variant of Reiss 2, or from the Huguenot name Ris. Altered spelling of German Ries. Portuguese and Galician: from a short form of dos Reis ‘(of) the (Three) Kings’, a personal name popularly bestowed on someone born on the feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. This is a frequent family name in southern Portugal. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a dealer in rice or an ornamental name from German Reis ‘rice’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Reis ‘twig’, ‘branch’. Turkish: from reis ‘boss’, ‘chief’, ‘head of a business enterprise’. A Greek derivative of this is also found as a surname, in the form Reizis.

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

Similar surnames: Kreis, Rais, Preis, Reiss, Meis, Reise, Reil, Regis, Reus, Ress

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Reis Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • Portugal


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


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Reis Family Origin

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Reis Family Occupations

What did your Reis ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Reis occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Reis's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Reis family was Farmer'S Son. Farmer, Going To School and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reis.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer'S Son


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Reis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Reis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reis 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Reis. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Reis. For the veterans among your Reis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reis Life Expectancy

What is the average Reis lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Reis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Reis in 1943 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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