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Rayon Name Meaning

Spanish (Rayón): augmentative of rayo ‘ray’, ‘beam’, ‘shaft (of light)’; its application as a surname is unclear. French: topographic name for someone who lived by cultivated land, from a variant of roion ‘furrow’. French: from a pet form of a personal name, either Rahier (see Rayer 1), or a Frenchified form of Rado (a short form of a compound Germanic personal name).

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


Similar surnames: Malon, Ragon, Baron, Rayo, Macon, Mayon, Bacon, Rayos, Ayon, Ramon

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Where is the Rayon family from?

You can see how Rayon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rayon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rayon families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Rayon families living in North Carolina. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rayon's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Rayon families in 1840.
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What did your Rayon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rayon. 44% of Rayon men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Rayon women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rayon were Pipe Fitter and Cook.

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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
    44%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Pipe Fitter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    43%
  • Laundress
    29%
  • Cook
    29%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 386 immigration records available for the last name Rayon. 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 Rayon. For the veterans among your Rayon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rayon lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Rayon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Rayon in 1953 was 25, and 71 in 2004.

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