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Ras Name Meaning

Czech (Raš) and Polish (Ras): from a pet short form of any of various Slavic personal names with the first element rad- ‘joyful’ or raci- ‘to fight’. Spanish: from ras ‘level’ (ultimately from Latin radere ‘to scrape’); perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived on flat land. Catalan: topographic name for someone who lived on bare, barren land, from ras ‘shorn’, ‘bare’, ‘peeled’. French: from ras ‘bare’, ‘shorn’, ‘close-shaven’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on bare or razed land, or a nickname for someone with closely cropped hair. Dutch: nickname for a nimble person, from ras ‘quick’, ‘swift’. Altered spelling of German Rass, from a Germanic personal name Rasso, or of South German and Swiss Räss, a nickname for someone cheeky or sharp, from Middle High German ræze ‘sharp’, ‘wild’, ‘caustic’.

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


Similar surnames: Rase, Rais, Ray, Ram, Sas, Rau, Ros, Mas, Vas, Bas

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Where is the Ras family from?

You can see how Ras families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ras family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ras families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Ras family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Ras's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ras families in 1840.
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What did your Ras ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Packer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ras. 22% of Ras men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Ras women worked as a Packer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ras were Truck Driver and Operator.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Miner
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Packer
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    13%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Operator
    13%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ras. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Ras. For the veterans among your Ras ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ras lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Ras life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Ras in 1958 was 51, and 80 in 2004.

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