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Drake Name Meaning

English: from the Old English byname Draca, meaning ‘snake’ or ‘dragon’, Middle English Drake, or sometimes from the Old Norse cognate Draki. Both are common bynames and, less frequently, personal names. Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake’, ‘monster’ (see Dragon). English and Dutch: from Middle English drake, Middle Dutch drake ‘male duck’ (from Middle Low German andrake), hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a drake, or perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a drake. North German: nickname from Low German drake ‘dragon’ (see Drach 1).

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

Similar surnames: Brake, Rake, Duke, Drach, Drane, Lake, Drage, Grace, Drakes, Dade

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Where is the Drake family from?

You can see how Drake families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Drake family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Drake families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 362 Drake families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Drake's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Drake families in 1840.
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What did your Drake ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Drake. 15% of Drake men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Drake women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Drake were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Drake. 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 84,000 military records available for the last name Drake. For the veterans among your Drake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Drake lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Drake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Drake in 1942 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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