Rake Family History

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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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Rake Family Origin

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Rake Family Occupations

What did your Rake ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rake occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Rake's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rake. A less common occupation for the Rake family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Rake ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Rake Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Rake. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rake census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Rake Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rake ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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