Rather Family History
Rather Name Meaning
occupational name for a counselor or nickname for a wise person, from Middle High German rater ‘adviser’. variant of Rathert. (Räther): habitational name for someone from a place called Rath (see Rath 3), or a habitational name from places named Räther and Räthern in northeastern Germany.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press