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Raft Family History

Raft Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Kraft, Rast, Haft, Daft, Taft, Graft, Raff, Ranft, Saft, Craft

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Where is the Raft family from?

You can see how Raft families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raft family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Raft families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 9 Raft families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Raft's in USA. New York had the highest population of Raft families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Raft surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Raft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Raft. 45% of Raft men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Raft women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raft were Bartender and Cook. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Bartender

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Nurse
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Raft. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raft 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 280 immigration records available for the last name Raft. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Raft. For the veterans among your Raft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raft lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Raft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Raft in 1951 was 44, and 80 in 2004.

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