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Raby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places so named in Merseyside (formerly in Cheshire) and County Durham or from Roby in Merseyside (formerly in Lancashire). The first is named from Old Scandinavian rá ‘pole’ + býr ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’. French: variant of Rabin. German: habitational name from Raby in Bohemia or perhaps from Rabingen in Lower Saxony.

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

Similar surnames: Roby, Ray, Raba, Rabey, Carby, Ramm, Canby, Aaby, Way, Irby

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Where is the Raby family from?

You can see how Raby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Raby families living in North Carolina. This was about 27% of all the recorded Raby's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Raby families in 1840.
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What did your Raby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Raby. 23% of Raby men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Raby women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raby were Farm Laborer and Seamstress.

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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
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Raby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raby 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Raby. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Raby. For the veterans among your Raby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raby lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Raby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Raby in 1945 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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