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Rantz Family History

Rantz Name Meaning

German: variant spelling of Ranz. Jewish (Ashkenazic): unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Ranz, Gantz, Hantz, Bantz, Ratz, Raatz, Mantz, Krantz, Frantz, Raitz

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Where is the Rantz family from?

You can see how Rantz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rantz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rantz families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Rantz families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rantz's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rantz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rantz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rantz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rantz. 22% of Rantz men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Rantz women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rantz were Farm Laborer and Laundress.

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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%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Housework
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Laundress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Rantz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rantz 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 492 immigration records available for the last name Rantz. 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 916 military records available for the last name Rantz. For the veterans among your Rantz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rantz lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rantz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Rantz in 1944 was 26, and 62 in 2004.

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