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Reitan Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads in Trøndelag named with the definite plural form of reit from Old Norse reitr ‘small cultivated field’.

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

Similar surnames: Reiten, Reistad, Renton, Reith, Reitano, Reiter, Rein, Reitz, Redican

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Where is the Reitan family from?

You can see how Reitan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reitan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Reitan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Reitan families living in Iowa. This was about 45% of all the recorded Reitan's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Reitan families in 1880.
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What did your Reitan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Reitan. 30% of Reitan men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Reitan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reitan were Farm Labor and Nurse. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farm Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Cook
  • New Worker
  • Nurse
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Reitan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reitan 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 970 immigration records available for the last name Reitan. 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 398 military records available for the last name Reitan. For the veterans among your Reitan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reitan lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Reitan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Reitan in 1951 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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