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Rave Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: from Middle Low German rave(n), Dutch raaf ‘raven’, applied as a nickname for a thievish or dark-haired person. Catalan or Spanish: unexplained; possibly from Catalan rave ‘rape’ (the plant), or a habitational name from Rabé in Burgos.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Raven, Grave, Rake, Nave, Rabe, Race, Cave, Rase, Rahe, Savel

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Where is the Rave family from?

You can see how Rave families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rave family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rave families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Rave family living in Michigan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rave's in USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Rave families in 1840.
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What did your Rave ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rave. 30% of Rave men worked as a Laborer and 72% of Rave women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rave were Carpenter and Maid. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Rave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rave 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rave. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Rave. For the veterans among your Rave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rave lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Rave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Rave in 1955 was 48, and 71 in 2004.

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