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Reiss Name Meaning

German: variant of Reis German: from a short form of the ancient Germanic compound names formed with ragin ‘advice counsel’. German: variant of Reuss . Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Reis .

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


Similar surnames: Reis, Weiss, Heiss, Preiss, Reise, Deiss, Riss, Reiff, Ris, Ress

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Where is the Reiss family from?

You can see how Reiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reiss families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 16 Reiss families living in Ontario. This was about 76% of all the recorded Reiss's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Reiss families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reiss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Reiss. 67% of Reiss men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    67%
  • Teamster
    20%
  • Dealer
    14%
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Reiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reiss 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Reiss. 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 Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Reiss. For the veterans among your Reiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reiss lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Reiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Reiss in 1941 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

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