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Ranz Name Meaning

German: from the Germanic personal name Rando, a short form of various names formed with rand ‘(shield) rim’ as the first element, or from a Slavic name formed with ranu ‘early’. German: from Middle High German ranz ‘sow’ or ‘strife’, or Middle High German rans ‘paunch’, a nickname from any of these senses. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Rantz.

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

Similar surnames: Rand, Rank, Ganz, Ratz, Kranz, Sanz, Danz, Rann, Hand, Banz

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Where is the Ranz family from?

You can see how Ranz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ranz family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ranz families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Ranz families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Ranz's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ranz families in 1840.
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What did your Ranz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ranz. 27% of Ranz men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Ranz women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ranz were Co Owner and Housework.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Plasterer
  • Co Owner

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Ranz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ranz 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 451 immigration records available for the last name Ranz. 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 479 military records available for the last name Ranz. For the veterans among your Ranz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ranz lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ranz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Ranz in 1963 was 69, and 76 in 2004.

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