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Early Origins of the Rist family

The surname Rist was first found in Norfolk at Castle Rising, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Risinga and was held at that time by William de Warenne and the Bishop of Bayeux. [1] Records of 1254, list the place name as Castel Risinge and probably meant "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Risa," from the Old English personal name + ingas. The later addition of "castel" which evolved to "castle" was derived from the Norman castle that was located there. [2] In 1332, Isabella of France retired to Castle Rising castle following a coup d'état by her son King Edward III. The castle is now a ruined medieval fortification and was built soon after 1138 by William d'Aubigny II.

Early History of the Rist family

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Rist Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rising, Reising, Risin, Rysing, Rysin, Rysen, Ryson and many more.

Early Notables of the Rist family (pre 1700)

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Rist Ranking

In the United States, the name Rist is the 13,664th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Rist migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Rist, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [4]
Rist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P I Rist, aged 20, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848 [4]
  • Johann Rist, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [4]
  • Louis Rist, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [4]

Australia Rist migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rist Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joshua Rist, English convict who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mary A. Rist, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [6]
  • Richard Rist, English convict from Lewes, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [7]

New Zealand Rist migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rist Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Rist, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [8]
  • Mrs. Catherine Rist née Dunn, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rist (post 1700) +

  • Robert Anthony "Robbie" Rist (b. 1964), American actor and musician, best known for playing Cousin Oliver in The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
  • Jeremy Alexander Rist, American economist, playwright and lawyer
  • Léonard Rist (1905-1982), French economist and banker, the first chief economist of the World Bank
  • Gilbert Rist, former honorary professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
  • Boy Roald Rist (1912-1972), Norwegian officer, and resistance fighter World War II

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 1st February 2021 from
  6. South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook