Reese Family History

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Reese Name Meaning

Welsh: from one of the most common Welsh personal names, Rhys, Old Welsh Ris ‘ardor’. This was the name of the last ruler of an independent kingdom of Wales, Rhys ap Tewder, who died in 1093 unsuccessfully opposing the Norman advance. North German and Dutch: nickname for a very big man, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rese ‘giant’. German: habitational name from places called Rees or Reese, in Rhineland and Lower Saxony.

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

Similar surnames: Breese, Heese, Reise, Rees, Weese, Meese, Beese, Feese, Hees, Neese

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Reese Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reese name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Reese Family Origin

Where is the Reese family from?

Reese Family Occupations

What did your Reese ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reese. A less common occupation for the Reese family was Coal Miner. The most common Reese occupation in the UK was Farmer. 9% of Reese's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Reese Historical Records

What Reese family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 263,000 census records available for the last name Reese. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reese 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Reese. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Reese. For the veterans among your Reese ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reese Life Expectancy

What is the average Reese lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Reese life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Reese in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reese 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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