Rich Family History

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Rich Name Meaning

English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases an ironic nickname for a pauper), from Middle English, Old French riche ‘rich’, ‘wealthy’ (of Germanic origin, akin to Germanic ric ‘power(ful)’). English: from a medieval personal name, a short form of Richard, or less commonly of some other compound name with this first element. English: habitational name from the lost village of Riche in Lincolnshire, apparently so named from an Old English element ric ‘stream’ or, here, ‘drainage channel’. Some early forms of the surname, such as Ricardus de la riche (Hampshire 1200) and Alexander atte Riche (Sussex 1296) probably derive from minor places named with this element in southern counties, as for example Glynde Reach in Sussex. Americanized form of German Reich.

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

Similar surnames: Reich, Ritch, Roch, Raich, Riche, Rech, Urich, Rick, Rock, Eich

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Rich Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rich. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Italy


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Rich Family Origin

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Rich Family Occupations

What did your Rich ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rich family was Annuitant. The most common Rich occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Rich's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rich.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant


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Rich Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 284,000 census records available for the last name Rich. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rich 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Rich. 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 48,000 military records available for the last name Rich. For the veterans among your Rich ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rich Life Expectancy

What is the average Rich lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rich life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rich in 1940 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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