Riis Family History

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Riis Name Meaning

Scandinavian: nickname from ris ‘twigs’, ‘scrub’, or a habitational name from any of several places so named in Denmark. Norwegian: habitational name from any of five farmsteads named Ris, from Old Norse hrís ‘brushwood’.

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


Similar surnames: Ries, Reis, Rios, Riss, Rike, Ribas, Diss, Rais, Rio, Roos

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Riis Family Origin

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Riis Family Occupations

What did your Riis ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Carpenter And Rectional Builder For Ag and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Riis. 20% of Riis men worked as a Carpenter And Rectional Builder For Ag and 50% of Riis women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riis were General Theatrical Booking Agent and Pea Packer Forewoman

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Carpenter And Rectional Builder For Ag
    20%
  • Dock Labourer
    20%
  • General Labourer At Bocks
    20%
  • General Theatrical Booking Agent
    20%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    50%
  • Hairdresser
    25%
  • Pea Packer Forewoman
    25%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Riis Historical Records

What Riis family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Riis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riis 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Riis. 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 454 military records available for the last name Riis. For the veterans among your Riis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riis Life Expectancy

What is the average Riis lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Riis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Riis in 1962 was 75, and 90 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riis 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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