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Rak Name Meaning

Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Hungarian (Rák), and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Slavic rak ‘crab’, ‘lobster’, or ‘crayfish’. This was applied as an occupational name for someone who caught and sold crayfish, crabs, or lobsters, or as a nickname to someone thought to resemble such a creature. In Polish, the word is found in several idioms, for example, czerwony jak rak ‘red as a lobster’. In Slovenian, it only means ‘crayfish’.

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

Similar surnames: Raak, Mak, Bak, Zak, Ras, Sak, Rake, Rank, Oak, Ram

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Where is the Rak family from?

You can see how Rak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Rak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Rak families living in Louisiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Rak's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Rak families in 1880.
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What did your Rak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rak. 34% of Rak men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Rak women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rak were Machinist and Laborer Factory Work.

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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
  • Labor
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Laborer Factory Work
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Rak. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Rak. For the veterans among your Rak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rak lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Rak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rak in 1953 was 58, and 76 in 2004.

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