Prater Family History

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Prater Name Meaning

English: status name for a reeve, the chief magistrate or bailiff of a district, from Latin praetor. Dutch: occupational name for a warden of meadows or a gamekeeper, from Middle Dutch prater, preter (Latin pratarius, a derivative of pratum ‘meadow’). Dutch and North German: nickname for an excessively talkative person, from Middle Low German praten ‘to talk or prattle’. German: variant of Brater (see Brader 2).

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

Similar surnames: Rater, Plater, Plate, Frater, Prager, Frager, Cater, Brauer, Grater

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Prater Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Prater name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Prater. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Prater Family Origin

Where is the Prater family from?

Prater Family Occupations

What did your Prater ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Prater family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Prater. The most common Prater occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 11% of Prater's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Prater ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Prater Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Prater. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prater census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Prater. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Prater. For the veterans among your Prater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Prater Life Expectancy

What is the average Prater lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Prater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Prater in 1942 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Prater ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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