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Ries is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ries family lived in Sussex. Their name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye, and was distinguished by this proximity.

Ries Early Origins



The surname Ries was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Ries Spelling Variations


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Ries Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ries include Rye, Rie, Ries, Ryse, Rise and others.

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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 220 words (16 lines of text) 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)



More information is 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Riess to arrive on North American shores:

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
  • Frédérique Ries (b. 1959), Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament
  • Pieter Hubert Ries (1802-1886), German violinist and composer
  • Roland Ries (b. 1945), French politician from Alsace
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

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