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Rath Family History

Rath Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): descriptive epithet for a wise person or counselor, from Middle High German rat ‘counsel’, ‘advice’, German Rat ‘counsel’, ‘advice’, also ‘stock’, ‘supply’.German (also Swiss Räth): from a short form of any of the various Germanic compound personal names formed with rad, rat ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ as the first element.German (Rhineland): habitational name from any of various places called Rath, which derives from Middle Low German roden, raden ‘to clear land for cultivation’.Irish: in some cases a habitational name from a place called Rath; in County Derry it is a reduced form of McIlwraith (see McIlrath).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Rath Families

  • Number of Rath families
     120 - 237
     41 - 119
     1 - 40
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Rath families
     17 - 32
     6 - 16
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Rath last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Rath Family Origin

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Rath Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Rath

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Rath Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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