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Rayner Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Rainer, composed of the Germanic elements ragin ‘counsel’ + hari, heri ‘army’ Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from an inflected form of German rein or central Yiddish rayn ‘pure’. Probably also an altered spelling of German Reiner.

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

Similar surnames: Rayer, Rasner, Rainer, Rainier, Raymer, Rayder, Ryner, Radner

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Where is the Rayner family from?

You can see how Rayner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rayner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rayner families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Rayner families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Rayner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Rayner families in 1840.
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What did your Rayner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rayner. 24% of Rayner men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Rayner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rayner were Machinist 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 206,000 census records available for the last name Rayner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rayner 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Rayner. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Rayner. For the veterans among your Rayner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rayner lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Rayner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Rayner in 1954 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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