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Rayo Name Meaning

Catalan (Rayó): variant of Relló, nickname from relló, a derivative of rella ‘ploughshare’. Spanish (from Asturian-Leonese): Castilianized variant of Rayu, habitational name from El Rayu, a town in Asturies. Spanish: possibly from rayo ‘flash of lightning’, which may be a nickname in the sense ‘lively’.

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


Similar surnames: Cayo, Ray, Raso, Vayo, Rayos, Rado, Rayon, Raya, Raco, Ramo

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Where is the Rayo family from?

You can see how Rayo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rayo family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Rayo families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Rayo families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Rayo's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rayo families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rayo surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rayo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Fruit Peddler were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rayo. 30% of Rayo men worked as a Laborer.

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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
    30%
  • Farm
    18%
  • Truck Driver
    18%
  • Truck Farmer
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Fruit Peddler
    100%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Rayo. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rayo 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 366 immigration records available for the last name Rayo. 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 178 military records available for the last name Rayo. For the veterans among your Rayo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rayo lifespan?

Between 1969 and 2004, in the United States, Rayo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Rayo in 1969 was 66, and 57 in 2004.

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