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Raines Name Meaning

English: variant of Raine with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. English: habitational name from Rayne (Essex) recorded in the Domesday Book as Raines in the 11th century. The etymology of the placename is uncertain but it may derive from Old English hrægene ‘hut shelter’ or from a pre-English river name for Pods Brook (a river on which Rayne lies) cognate with the German river name Regen (a tributary of the Danube) formed from the Indo-European root reg- ‘wet moisten water’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rennes in Brittany France. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Rayne cognate with English Raine 1 and used as a translation of Hebrew Malka ‘queen’. It is formed with the Yiddish possessive -s.

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


Similar surnames: Raine, Raynes, Baines, Haynes, Gaines, Caines, Rayner, Rainey, Haimes

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You can see how Raines families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raines family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raines families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Raines families living in Virginia. This was about 15% of all the recorded Raines's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Raines families in 1840.
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What did your Raines ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Raines. 22% of Raines men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Raines women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raines were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Raines. For the veterans among your Raines ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raines lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Raines life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Raines in 1941 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

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