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Rater Name Meaning

occupational name meaning ‘counselor’, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rat, modern German Rat ‘counsel’. from a Germanic personal name based on rad, rat ‘advice’, ‘counsel’. habitational name for someone from places called Rath or Rathen.

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


Similar surnames: Rader, Raber, Rather, Rager, Raker, Reder, Rayer, Raiter, Kater

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Where is the Rater family from?

You can see how Rater families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rater family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rater families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Rater families living in Indiana. This was about 29% of all the recorded Rater's in the USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Rater families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rater surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rater ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rater. 40% of Rater men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Rater women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rater were Electrician and Manager.

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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
    40%
  • Laborer
    27%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Electrician
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    25%
  • Maid
    25%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Manager
    17%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Rater. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rater 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 288 immigration records available for the last name Rater. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Rater. For the veterans among your Rater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rater lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Rater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Rater in 1960 was 66, and 81 in 2004.

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