Rafferty Family History

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Rafferty Name Meaning

Irish (especially Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rabhartaigh or Ó Robhartaigh (often found as Ó Raithbheartaigh) ‘descendant of Rabhartach or Robhartach’, a personal name meaning ‘flood tide’, hence ‘abundance’, ‘prosperity’.

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

Similar surnames: Lafferty, Halferty, Faherty, Cafferty, Raftery, Haverty, Haggerty

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Rafferty Family Origin

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Rafferty Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Rafferty occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Rafferty's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Rafferty family was General Laborer. Labourer, Coal Miner and Bricklayers Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rafferty.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Bricklayers Labourer

  • General Laborer


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Rafferty Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Rafferty. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rafferty 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Rafferty. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Rafferty. For the veterans among your Rafferty ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rafferty Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rafferty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Rafferty in 1942 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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