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Re: Origin of the Surname Rife
Posted by: Martha Hughes Rice Date: April 24, 2001 at 19:19:23
In Reply to: Re: Origin of the Surname Rife by Michael A. Rife of 321

Thank you so much for our wonderful answer. I have run across almost every surname you can think of which is a derivation of Rice. From the deeds of the 1600's filed in Jamestown to KY, among others I have seen the following: Reid, Ried, Reed, Rhea, Ries (generally German), Rea, etc. It is absolutely fascinating to watch the name evolve from the first settlers! As my husband's family was the only Rice family in Buchanan County and there are so many Rifes, there I was curious, but as ever cautious. In KY, it seems wherever I find Rices there are Rifes and they intermarried.

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