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Rath Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): descriptive epithet for a wise person or counselor, from Middle High German rat ‘counsel’, ‘advice’, German Rat ‘counsel’, ‘advice’, also ‘stock’, ‘supply’. German (also Swiss Räth): from a short form of any of the various Germanic compound personal names formed with rad, rat ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ as the first element. German (Rhineland): habitational name from any of various places called Rath, which derives from Middle Low German roden, raden ‘to clear land for cultivation’. Irish: in some cases a habitational name from a place called Rath; in County Derry it is a reduced form of McIlwraith (see McIlrath).

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


Similar surnames: Roth, Ratz, Raith, Ruth, Bath, Raak, Rauth, Rach, Gath, Vath

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Where is the Rath family from?

You can see how Rath families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rath family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rath families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Rath families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 56% of all the recorded Rath's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rath families in 1840.
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What did your Rath ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rath. 18% of Rath men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Rath women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rath were Farming and Housekeeper.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Rath. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Rath. For the veterans among your Rath ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rath lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rath life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rath in 1942 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

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