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Rake Family History

Rake Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a pass or narrow valley, from Old English hraca ‘throat’, or a habitational name from any of the minor places deriving their name from this word, such as Rake in Devon or The Rake in Sussex. English and Dutch: from Middle English, Middle Dutch rake ‘rake’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such implements or as a nickname for a tall thin man. (The expression ‘lean as a rake’ is found in Chaucer.)

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


Similar surnames: Lake, Brake, Drake, Ake, Rave, Cake, Rak, Rahm, Rase, Race

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Where is the Rake family from?

You can see how Rake families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rake family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rake families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Rake families living in New Jersey. This was about 33% of all the recorded Rake's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Rake families in 1840.
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What did your Rake ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rake. 27% of Rake men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Rake women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rake were Clerk and Sales Clerk.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Sales Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rake. 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 Rake. For the veterans among your Rake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rake lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Rake in 1940 was 38, and 69 in 2004.

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