Rank Family History

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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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Rank Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rank. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Rank Family Origin

Where is the Rank family from?

Rank Family Occupations

What did your Rank ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rank family was Blacksmith. The most common Rank occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Rank's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rank.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith


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

Rank Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Rank Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rank 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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