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Rice Family History

Rice Name Meaning

Welsh: variant of Reese. Americanized spelling of German Reis.

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

Similar surnames: Bice, Price, Ryce, Nice, Rike, Hice, Wrice, Tice, Rife, Grice

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Where is the Rice family from?

You can see how Rice families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rice family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rice families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 790 Rice families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Rice's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Rice families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rice surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rice ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Rice. 33% of Rice men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Rice women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rice were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Farmer
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 916,000 census records available for the last name Rice. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rice 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 84,000 immigration records available for the last name Rice. 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 183,000 military records available for the last name Rice. For the veterans among your Rice ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rice lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rice life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rice in 1940 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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