Rath Family History

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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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Rath Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rath name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Rath Family Origin

Where is the Rath family from?

Rath Family Occupations

What did your Rath ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rath family was Farming. The most common Rath occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Rath's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rath.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Rath Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Rath. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rath 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 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 Card

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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Rath Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rath 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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