Rae Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of McRae.

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

Similar surnames: Ray, Rao, Ra, Rase, Ras, Rad, Rau, Roe, Oran, Raes

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Rae Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rae name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rae. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Rae Family Origin

Where is the Rae family from?

Rae Family Occupations

What did your Rae ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rae occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Rae's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rae family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rae.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Rae Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 188,000 census records available for the last name Rae. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rae census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Rae. 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 Card

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Rae. For the veterans among your Rae ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rae Life Expectancy

What is the average Rae lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rae life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Rae in 1944 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rae ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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