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Rau Family History

Rau Name Meaning
German: nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch, ruhe, rouch ‘hairy’, ‘shaggy’, ‘rough’.English: from a medieval personal name, a variant of Ralph.Italian (Sicily): from a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of Ra(o)ul, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ + wolf ‘wolf’. Compare Ralph.Indian: variant of Rao.

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

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105,211 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
12,851 Military Records
5,905 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Rau Families

  • Number of Rau families
     41 - 79
     14 - 40
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Rau families
     6 - 9
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Rau last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Rau Family Origin

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Rau Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Rau

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Rau Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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