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Rish Surname Meaning

Americanized form of German Risch or Rüsch a topographic name from Middle High German Middle Low German rusch ‘rush reeds’ or from a pet form of Rudolf . Americanized form of Slovak Riš (see Ris ).

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

Similar surnames: Risch, Riss, Rush, Fish, Risi, Rash, Nish, Rich, Riser, Wish

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Where is the Rish family from?

You can see how Rish families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rish family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rish families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Rish families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 37% of all the recorded Rish's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Rish families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rish surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rish ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rish. 24% of Rish men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Rish women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rish were Carpenter and Saleslady. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Waitress
  • Seamstress
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Rish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rish 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 787 immigration records available for the last name Rish. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Rish. For the veterans among your Rish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rish lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Rish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rish in 1955 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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