Rio Name Meaning

Spanish (Río), Portuguese, and Italian: from río ‘river’, ‘brook’ (from Latin rivus), applied either as a topographic name or as a habitational name from a place named with this word. Southern French (Occitan): variant of Rioux.

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

Similar surnames: Lio, Pio, Orio, Rios, Rao, Riso, Rigo, Prior, Rion, Lorio

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Rio Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rio name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rio. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • Portugal


  • Italy


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Rio Family Origin

Where is the Rio family from?

Rio Family Occupations

What did your Rio ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rio occupation in the USA was Farming. 18% of Rio's were Farmings. Farming, Teamster and Commission Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rio. A less common occupation for the Rio family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farming

  • Teamster

  • Commission Merchant

  • Farm Laborer


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Rio Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Rio. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rio 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Rio. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Rio. For the veterans among your Rio ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rio Life Expectancy

What is the average Rio lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Rio life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rio in 1962 was 67, and 77 in 2004.

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