Raftery Family History

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Raftery Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Reachtabhra ‘descendant of Reachtabhra’, from reacht ‘decree’.

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

Similar surnames: Rafferty, Caffery, Rafter, Cater, Water, Hattery, Batey, Mandery

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Raftery Family Origin

Where is the Raftery family from?

Raftery Family Occupations

What did your Raftery ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Bricklayers Lab, Agricultural Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Raftery. A less common occupation for the Raftery family was Blacksmith. The most common Raftery occupation in the UK was Bricklayers Lab. 11% of Raftery's were Bricklayers Labs.

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  • Bricklayers Lab

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Blacksmith


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

Raftery Historical Records

What Raftery family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Raftery. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raftery census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Raftery

Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Raftery. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Raftery. For the veterans among your Raftery ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Raftery Life Expectancy

What is the average Raftery lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Raftery life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Raftery in 1950 was 50, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Raftery

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Raftery 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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