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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

Similar surnames: Rater, Rother, Raether, Ruther, Ranger, Rathe, Ratner, Rachel, Lather

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Where is the Rather family from?

You can see how Rather families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rather family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rather families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Rather families living in Tennessee. This was about 44% of all the recorded Rather's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Rather families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rather surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rather ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rather. 25% of Rather men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Rather women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rather were Labor 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Rather. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rather 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 862 immigration records available for the last name Rather. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Rather. For the veterans among your Rather ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rather lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Rather life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Rather in 1955 was 39, and 78 in 2004.

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