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Riss Family History

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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Where is the Riss family from?

You can see how Riss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Riss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Riss families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Riss's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Riss families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Riss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Riss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Riss. 23% of Riss men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Riss women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riss were Farm Laborer and Maid.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Operator
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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