Riss Family History

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Riss Name Meaning

topographic name from Middle High German rise ‘channel’, ‘crevice’, or a topographic name for someone living by a tributary of the Danube so named. from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on ric ‘power(ful)’, ‘rich’. altered spelling of Riess.

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

Similar surnames: Ries, Russ, Ross, Ress, Rish, Rise, Hiss, Ris, Reiss, Hils

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Riss Family Origin

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Riss Family Occupations

What did your Riss ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Riss occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Riss's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Boot & Shoe Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riss. A less common occupation for the Riss family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Boot & Shoe Maker

  • Carpenter


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Riss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Riss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Riss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riss 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Riss. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Riss. For the veterans among your Riss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riss Life Expectancy

What is the average Riss lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Riss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Riss in 1954 was 55, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riss

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riss ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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