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Rector Name Meaning

German Dutch and English: status name for the director of an institution in particular the head of a religious house or a college.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hector, Recker, Pectol, Nestor, Doctor, Textor, Teetor, Renter

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Where is the Rector family from?

You can see how Rector families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rector family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rector families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Rector families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Rector's in USA. New York had the highest population of Rector families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rector surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rector ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rector. 21% of Rector men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Rector women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rector were Clerk and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Rector. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rector census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Rector. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Rector. For the veterans among your Rector ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rector lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rector life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Rector in 1944 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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