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Railsback Name Meaning

Altered spelling of German Railsbach, a habitational name of uncertain origin, probably a reduced form of Raigelsbach, from Middle High German reigel ‘heron’ + bach ‘stream’, ‘creek’; or an altered spelling of Reulbach, a habitational name from a place so named in the Rhön Mountains in Hesse.

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

Similar surnames: Kalmbach, Albach, Raisbeck, Rasnick, Halbach, Weisbach, Griesbach

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Where is the Railsback family from?

You can see how Railsback families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Railsback family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Railsback families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Railsback families living in Indiana. This was about 71% of all the recorded Railsback's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Railsback families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Railsback surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Railsback ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Railsback. 45% of Railsback men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Railsback women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Railsback were Farm Laborer and 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Railsback. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Railsback 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 145 immigration records available for the last name Railsback. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Railsback. For the veterans among your Railsback ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Railsback lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Railsback life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Railsback in 1940 was 23, and 78 in 2004.

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