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Rentz Family History

Rentz Name Meaning

from the personal name Rentz, a short form of Reinhard (see Reinhardt) or Lorenz, German form of Lawrence. habitational name from any of several places so named in Pomerania and the former East Prussia.

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


Similar surnames: Reitz, Retz, Reetz, Wentz, Zentz, Gentz, Lintz, Vento, Pentz, Rentzel

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Where is the Rentz family from?

You can see how Rentz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rentz family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Rentz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Rentz families living in South Carolina. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rentz's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Rentz families in 1840.
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What did your Rentz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rentz. 21% of Rentz men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Rentz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rentz were Clerk and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Rentz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rentz 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 Rentz. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Rentz. For the veterans among your Rentz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rentz lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rentz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rentz in 1940 was 28, and 77 in 2004.

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