Raphael Family History

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Raphael Name Meaning

Jewish, French, English, and German: from the Hebrew personal name Refael composed of the elements rafa ‘to heal’ + el ‘God’. This is the name of one of the archangels, but for some reason it was less popular among Christians in the Middle Ages, except perhaps in Italy, than those of the archangels Michael and Gabriel.

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

Similar surnames: Rachel, Rahal, Appel, Rammel, Raffel, Apfel, Lapham, Happel, Wachtel

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Raphael Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Raphael name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Raphael. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Raphael Family Origin

Where is the Raphael family from?

Raphael Family Occupations

What did your Raphael ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Raphael occupation in the USA was Laborer. 15% of Raphael's were Laborers. Laborer, Tailor and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Raphael. A less common occupation for the Raphael family was Pedler.

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  • Laborer

  • Tailor

  • Farmer

  • Pedler


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Raphael ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Raphael Historical Records

What Raphael family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Raphael. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raphael census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Raphael. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Raphael. For the veterans among your Raphael ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Raphael Life Expectancy

What is the average Raphael lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Raphael life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Raphael in 1948 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Raphael

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Raphael ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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