Ragsdale Family History

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Ragsdale Name Meaning

Apparently an English habitational name from Ragdale in Leicestershire, which is probably named from Old English hraca ‘gully’, ‘narrow pass’ + dæl ‘valley’, ‘dale’.

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

Similar surnames: Dugdale, Lonsdale, Ramsdell, Dimsdale, Drysdale, Teesdale, Dinsdale

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Ragsdale Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ragsdale name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ragsdale. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Ragsdale Family Origin

Where is the Ragsdale family from?

Ragsdale Family Occupations

What did your Ragsdale ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ragsdale family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ragsdale. The most common Ragsdale occupation in the USA was Farmer. 51% of Ragsdale's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ragsdale ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ragsdale Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Ragsdale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ragsdale 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ragsdale. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Ragsdale. For the veterans among your Ragsdale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ragsdale Life Expectancy

What is the average Ragsdale lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Ragsdale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ragsdale in 1947 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ragsdale

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ragsdale 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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