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Rainier Name Meaning

French: from a personal name composed of the Germanic elements ragin ‘advice’ + hari, heri ‘army’.

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

Similar surnames: Rinier, Garnier, Rayner, Raineri, Reiner, Manier, Hainer, Ringer

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Where is the Rainier family from?

You can see how Rainier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rainier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rainier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Rainier family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Rainier's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rainier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rainier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rainier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rainier. 19% of Rainier men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Rainier women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rainier were Clerk and Home.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Practical Nurse
  • Home
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Rainier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rainier 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 574 immigration records available for the last name Rainier. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Rainier. For the veterans among your Rainier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rainier lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Rainier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Rainier in 1960 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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