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Raker Name Meaning

German: from a Germanic personal name, Raghar, composed of rag- ‘advice’ + hari, heri ‘army’. Germanized spelling of Slovenian Rakar, occupational name for someone who caught and sold crayfish (see Rak).

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


Similar surnames: Rager, Rader, Rayer, Rater, Raber, Roker, Braker, Reker, Haker, Baker

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Where is the Raker family from?

You can see how Raker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raker families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Raker families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Raker's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Raker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Raker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Raker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Raker. 22% of Raker men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Raker women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raker were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Raker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raker 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Raker. 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 Raker. For the veterans among your Raker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raker lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Raker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Raker in 1944 was 24, and 83 in 2004.

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