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Ris Surname Meaning

Swiss German: Alemannic variant of Ries 3 or Reis Swiss German: topographic name from Middle High German risi ‘water channel (made of stone or wood) on a mountain’ for someone who lived near such a structure. Dutch: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name Riso or Risolf formed with ris- a shortened element with a number of interpretations (for instance possibly a cognate of German Ries ). Alternatively a patronymic from a short form of the personal name Henri French equivalent of Henry . Compare Rys . Slovenian: nickname from ris ‘lynx’ probably denoting a lithe and deft person. Serbian and Croatian: metonymic occupational name from dialect ris ‘harvest of hired reapers paid in kind’. As a Croatian name it may in some cases also be a nickname from ris ‘lynx’ (see Slovenian name above). Slovak (Rís): possibly a nickname from Slovak archaic ris (modern spelling rys) ‘lynx’ (see Slovenian name above). Compare Rys .7: Slovak (Riš): unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Rais, Reis, Ras, Lis, Ries, Risi, Riss, Mis, Rish, Oris

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You can see how Ris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Ris families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 6 Ris families living in Norfolk. This was about 30% of all the recorded Ris's in United Kingdom. Norfolk had the highest population of Ris families in 1891.
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What did your Ris ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Ris. 75% of Ris women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Boarding House
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ris. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Ris. For the veterans among your Ris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ris lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Ris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Ris in 1952 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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