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Raak Name Meaning

Eastern German: from Sorbian, Polish, Czech, and Slovak rak ‘crab’, presumably applied as a nickname or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for someone who sold shellfish. German: nickname from Middle High German rac ‘taut’, ‘stretched’; ‘busy’, ‘free’. German: from a short form of any of various personal names beginning with Rac-. Shortened form of Dutch van Raak, a habitational name from any of various places named De Raak.

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


Similar surnames: Rank, Rak, Kraak, Haar, Rock, Ramm, Raap, Laas, Raad, Rack

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Where is the Raak family from?

You can see how Raak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raak family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Raak families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Raak family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Raak's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Raak families in 1840.
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What did your Raak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Raak. 43% of Raak men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    43%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    15%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Raak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raak 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 446 immigration records available for the last name Raak. 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 471 military records available for the last name Raak. For the veterans among your Raak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raak lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Raak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Raak in 1965 was 68, and 85 in 2004.

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