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Meaning and Origin of: Ries

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Welsh : Ardent one

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from a Germanic personal name, but mainly a nickname for an exceptionally tall or big man, Middle High German rise, German Riese ‘giant’. In some cases the name may have been used to refer ironically to a particularly short man.
  • South German : habitational name from any of several places named Ries.
  • German : topographic name from Middle Low German rīs ‘branch’, ‘twig’, ‘brushwood’.
  • Altered spelling of German Riess or Reis.