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Rigg Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from one or other of the many minor placenames in northern England named with Middle English rigg (Old Norse hryggr) ‘ridge’. Compare the synonymous Ridge . German: from a short form of any of several ancient Germanic personal names based on the element rīc ‘power(ful)’. This surname is very rare in Germany. Altered form of Swiss German Rüegg (see Ruegg ).

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

Similar surnames: Nigg, Ring, Rigo, Grigg, Rugg, Rygg, Riggs, Figg, Tagg, Risi

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Where is the Rigg family from?

You can see how Rigg families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rigg family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rigg families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 996 Rigg families living in Lancashire. This was about 40% of all the recorded Rigg's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Rigg families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rigg surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rigg ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rigg. 11% of Rigg men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Rigg women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rigg were Cotton Weaver and Incapacitated. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Cotton Weaver

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Rigg. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rigg 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Rigg. 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 Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Rigg. For the veterans among your Rigg ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rigg lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Rigg life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rigg in 1948 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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