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Rantanen Family History

Rantanen Name Meaning

Finnish: from ranta ‘shore’ (compare Ranta ) + the surname suffix -nen. Adopted in the 19th century primarily by Finns without surnames either as a habitational name from farms named with this word or as an ornamental name (compare Virtanen ).

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


Similar surnames: Rantala, Raisanen, Tahtinen, Hanninen, Ranta, Manninen, Wirtanen

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Where is the Rantanen family from?

You can see how Rantanen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rantanen family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Rantanen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 15 Rantanen families living in Michigan. This was about 22% of all the recorded Rantanen's in USA. Michigan had the highest population of Rantanen families in 1920.
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What did your Rantanen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rantanen. 54% of Rantanen men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Rantanen women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rantanen 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

  • Laborer
    54%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Quarryman
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    34%
  • Teacher
    34%
  • Waitress
    34%
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Census Records

There are 943 census records available for the last name Rantanen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rantanen 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 Rantanen. 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 155 military records available for the last name Rantanen. For the veterans among your Rantanen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rantanen lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Rantanen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Rantanen in 1955 was 45, and 65 in 2004.

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