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Ranta Family History

Ranta Name Meaning

Finnish: habitational name from farms so named from ranta ‘shore’ with reference to their location. Also an ornamental name from the same word adopted in the late 19th century in western and southern Finland by Finns without surnames and also in the early 20th century name-changing campaigns (compare Laine ). In North America this may also be a shortened form of various other surnames formed with ranta such as Hietaranta.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rana, Randa, Rada, Raba, Raska, Banta, Arata, Fante, Canto, Raetz

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Where is the Ranta family from?

You can see how Ranta families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ranta family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Ranta families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Ranta families living in Illinois. This was about 83% of all the recorded Ranta's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Ranta families in 1880.
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What did your Ranta ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ranta. 25% of Ranta men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Ranta women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ranta were Miner 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ranta. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Ranta. For the veterans among your Ranta ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ranta lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Ranta life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Ranta in 1954 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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