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Rayer Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Raher, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ + hari, heri ‘army’. French: occupational name for a barber, Old French raier (from rère ‘to shave’).

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


Similar surnames: Sayer, Royer, Rader, Rayner, Raker, Rager, Raber, Rater, Hayer

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Where is the Rayer family from?

You can see how Rayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rayer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Rayer family living in Indiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Rayer's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Rayer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rayer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rayer. 20% of Rayer men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Rayer women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rayer were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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What Rayer family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Rayer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rayer 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 Rayer. 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 736 military records available for the last name Rayer. For the veterans among your Rayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rayer lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Rayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rayer in 1954 was 44, and 96 in 2004.

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