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The origin of the proud surname Riess 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 Riess 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.

Riess Early Origins



The surname Riess 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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Riess Spelling Variations


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Riess 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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Riess Early History


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Riess Early History



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

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Riess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riess Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riess 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:

Riess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lorentz Riess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Andreas Riess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Conrad Riess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Elisabeth Riess, who landed in America in 1748
  • Melchior Riess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Riess, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Adam Riess, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1852
  • Jacob Riess, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1866

Riess Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Karl Riess, aged 23, arrived in America in 1918
  • Katharina Riess, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1925

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riess (post 1700)



  • Adam Guy Riess (b. 1969), American astrophysicist and co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Norma Riess (b. 1932), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2004
  • Ludwig Riess (1861-1928), German historian and educator
  • Fritz Riess (1922-1991), German race driver who won the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans for Mercedes-Benz
  • Erwin Riess (b. 1957), Austrian playwright and dramatist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    11. ...

    The Riess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riess 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 24 November 2015 at 09:47.

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