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Rank Name Meaning

English: nickname for a powerfully built man or someone of violent emotions, from the Middle English adjective rank (Old English ranc ‘proud’, ‘rebellious’). English: from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from the diminutive Rankin. South German: variant of Rang 2. German: nickname either for an agile person, from Middle High German ranc ‘quick turn’, or in some instances for someone who was tall and thin, from Low German rank. In some cases the surname may have been from a personal name formed with this element. Czech: from a pet form of a personal name, which could be either Slavic Ranožir or Germanic Randolf (see Randolph). Swedish and Danish: nickname from rank ‘erect’, ‘upright’, ‘straight’.

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


Similar surnames: Rand, Bank, Crank, Ranz, Frank, Raak, Wank, Lank, Krank, Hand

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Where is the Rank family from?

You can see how Rank families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rank family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rank families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 43 Rank families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 63% of all the recorded Rank's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rank families in 1840.
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What did your Rank ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rank. 19% of Rank men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Rank women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rank were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Rank. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rank 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Rank. 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 131,000 military records available for the last name Rank. For the veterans among your Rank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rank lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Rank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Rank in 1946 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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