Riester Family History

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Riester Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German riester ‘plow handle’, ‘leather patch’, presumably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of plow handles or, in north and central German, a metonymic occupational name for a cobbler.

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

Similar surnames: Riesterer, Rister, Richter, Reuter, Risner, Priester, Rester

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Riester Family Origin

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Riester Family Occupations

What did your Riester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Riester. 19% of Riester men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Riester women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riester were Farm Laborer and Secretary

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Secretary

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Riester Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Riester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riester 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 561 immigration records available for the last name Riester. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Riester. For the veterans among your Riester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riester Life Expectancy

What is the average Riester lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Riester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Riester in 1955 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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