Race Family History
Race Name Meaning
English: of uncertain origin; Reaney suggests a nickname from Old French ras ‘clean shaven’, but he also cites documentary evidence of a personal name which probably also gave rise to the surname. Perhaps a variant of Dutch or German Rase. Slovenian (southwestern Slovenia): nickname from raca ‘duck’, formed with the suffix -e, used mainly of young people, possibly denoting someone who walked like a duck.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press