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Ries Surname Meaning

South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an ancient Germanic personal name but mainly a nickname for an exceptionally tall or big man Middle High German rise German Riese ‘giant’. In some cases the name may have been used to refer ironically to a particularly short man. South German: habitational name from any of several places called Ries. German: topographic name from Middle Low German rīs ‘branch twig brushwood’. Altered form of German Riess or Reis . Welsh: variant of Rice .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Riss, Mies, Dies, Pries, Riis, Ried, Gries, Fies, Kies, Ris

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Where is the Ries family from?

You can see how Ries families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ries family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ries families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 57 Ries families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Ries's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ries families in 1911.
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What did your Ries ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Ries. 46% of Ries 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
  • Farming
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Ries. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ries 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ries. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Ries. For the veterans among your Ries ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ries lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ries life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ries in 1944 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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