I am orginally from a Aiken, sc and I attempted several yrs ago to find the orgin of our name. Aiken County had very little information on the Rish's. I do however know that my Great Grandfather waspolice officer whom was killed in the line of duty by a horse. My question has always been are we german, and if we are was the name shorten from "Rishenburg" or several other jewish like names. Did you know that there is a Rish that died around the time of the American Revoulution at Fort Sumter of influenza. My family"s medical history has a weakness for heart and lung alliments. My Grandparents were Aronald Horne Rish & Thelma Mozel Salley of Perry, SC.