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Ratz Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname probably for an agile or opportunistic individual from Middle High German ratz ‘rat marten polecat’. German (also Rätz): from a short form of any of various ancient Germanic compound personal names formed with rād rāt ‘advice counsel’. Compare Raetz . Germanized or Americanized form of Hungarian Slovak and Czech Rácz (see Racz ) or Rác Serbian Croatian and Slovenian Rac ‘Serb’. Germanized form (also Rätz) of Sorbian Radc or Rac ‘councillor’ (see Raatz 3 compare Raetz ). Jewish (Ashkenazic): acronymic surname of uncertain derivation.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rath, Ranz, Gatz, Raatz, Raetz, Rutz, Ritz, Datz, Watz, Britz

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Where is the Ratz family from?

You can see how Ratz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ratz family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Ratz families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Ratz family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Ratz's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ratz families in 1840.
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What did your Ratz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ratz. 15% of Ratz men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Ratz women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ratz were Proprietor and Saleslady. .

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Ratz. For the veterans among your Ratz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ratz lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ratz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ratz in 1941 was 57, and 83 in 2004.

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