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Multiple Origins for the Surname Ries


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The origin of the proud surname Ries can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republi c. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemians were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travel became more prevalent, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Ries family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig,"and the surname was an occupational name for a wood carver.

Ries Early Origins



The surname Ries was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. They later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Clesse Reysse of Mainz in 1444, and Leonhart Reiser of Nuremberg in 1443. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig." Reisser could also refer to a wood carver.

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Ries Spelling Variations


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Ries Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Reis, Reisle ( Bavaria, Swabia), Reiss, Reisse, Riess, Ries, Reise, Reisz, Reiser, Reisser, Riser, Reysse, Reys, Reyss, Rice, Ris, Risse, Rise, Risle and many more.

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Ries Early History


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Ries Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ries research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1606, 1645, 1870, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Ries History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ries Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ries Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ries Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ries Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joanns Ries, aged 21, landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johannes Ries, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johann Peter Ries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Sebs Ries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Conrad Ries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ries Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luder Ries, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Konrad Ries, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • Heinr Peter Ries, who landed in America in 1850
  • Una Ries, aged 21, arrived in America in 1854
  • Karl Ludw Ries, who arrived in America in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ries (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ries (post 1700)



  • Henry Ries (1917-2004), German-born, American photographer who worked for New York Times, best remembered for his photograph "The Berlin Air Lift"
  • Christopher Ries (b. 1952), American glass sculptor
  • W. F. Ries, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1910
  • Nickolas Ries, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 31st District, 1942
  • John B. Ries (b. 1870), American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 21st District, 1915-18
  • Florian J. Ries, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1877-78
  • Elizabeth Ries, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1932
  • Pieter Hubert Ries (1802-1886), German violinist and composer
  • Franz Ries (1846-1932), Romantic German violinist and composer
  • Peter Ries, German record producer, composer, arranger, and remixer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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    The Ries Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ries Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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