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Rys Surname Meaning

Polish (Ryś) Czech and Slovak: from Polish ryś Czech and Slovak rys ‘lynx’ probably applied as a nickname for a nimble person. Compare Ris 6. Dutch: variant archaic (or Americanized) and Flemish of Rijs itself a variant of Ris

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

Similar surnames: Ras, Rus, Ros, Pas, Zysk, Kras, Sas, Les, Roys, Rasp

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Where is the Rys family from?

You can see how Rys families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rys family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rys families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 10 Rys families living in London. This was about 40% of all the recorded Rys's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Rys families in 1891.
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What did your Rys ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rys. 33% of Rys men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Rys women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rys were Weaver and Machine Operator. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • New Worker
  • Weaver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Spinner
  • Foundry
  • Machine Operator
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rys. 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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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Rys. For the veterans among your Rys ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rys lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Rys life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rys in 1962 was 57, and 69 in 2004.

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