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Raper Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Durham): northern variant of Roper . In southern dialects of English Old English -ā- became Middle English -ō- whereas in Yorkshire -a- was preserved and gave rise to this form of the surname. Possibly also an altered form of German Röper or Röber (see Roeber ).

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


Similar surnames: Roper, Ramer, Paper, Rape, Baker, Raber, Reder, Hayer, Rasey, Rager

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Where is the Raper family from?

You can see how Raper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raper families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Raper families living in North Carolina. This was about 33% of all the recorded Raper's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Raper families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Raper surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Raper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Raper. 26% of Raper men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Raper women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raper were Salesman and Clerk. .

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farming
    6%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Raper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raper 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Raper. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Raper. For the veterans among your Raper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raper lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Raper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Raper in 1943 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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