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Rau Family History

Rau Name Meaning

German: nickname for a ruffian earlier for a hairy person from Middle High German rūch rūhe rouch ‘hairy shaggy rough’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). English: from a medieval personal name a variant of Ralph . Italian (Sicily): from a local variant of the personal name Rao . Variant of Rheault a surname of French (or possibly Breton) origin. Compare Reau Indian: variant of Rao . Chinese: variant of Rao .

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

Similar surnames: Ray, Bau, Ras, Rad, Lau, Hau, Grau, Dau, Ram, Rao

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Where is the Rau family from?

You can see how Rau families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rau family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rau families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Rau families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Rau's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rau families in 1840.
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What did your Rau ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rau. 14% of Rau men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Rau women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rau were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Rau. 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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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Rau. For the veterans among your Rau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rau lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Rau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rau in 1946 was 60, and 74 in 2004.

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