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Ring Surname Meaning

English Danish German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rings (from Middle English ring Middle High German rinc Middle Dutch ring) either to be worn as jewelry or as component parts of chain-mail harnesses and other objects. It may also have arisen as a nickname for a wearer of a ring. This name (of German origin) is also found in Slovenia and in Czechia. Compare English Ringer and German Rink . Norwegian: variant of Ringen . German: topographic name from Middle High German Middle Low German rink rinc ‘circle’ for someone who lived at a square or market place; or a nickname for a quick or slight small person from Middle High German ringe ‘quick nimble; small not noteworthy’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rinn ‘descendant of Reann’ a personal name possibly derived from reann ‘spear’. Irish: from Mac Bhroin; see McCrann .

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

Similar surnames: Rind, Kring, Ing, Rink, King, Bing, Rinn, Ming, Dring, Ringe

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Where is the Ring family from?

You can see how Ring families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ring family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ring families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 127 Ring families living in Ontario. This was about 30% of all the recorded Ring's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ring families in 1911.
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What did your Ring ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Ring. 42% of Ring men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Ring women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ring were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
  • Retired
  • Saleslady
  • Bookkeeper
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There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Ring. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ring 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Ring. 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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There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Ring. For the veterans among your Ring ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ring lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ring life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Ring in 1940 was 67, and 75 in 2004.

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