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Raker Surname Meaning

German: from an ancient Germanic personal name Raghar composed of the elements rag- ‘counsel’ + hari heri ‘army’. English: occupational name from Middle English rakere rakiere ‘raker; street-cleaner refuse collector; scavenger’. English: nickname from Middle English raiker ‘wanderer strayer roamer’. Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Rakar: occupational name for someone who caught and sold crayfish from a derivative of rak ‘crayfish’ (see Rak ); or a topographic name derived from raka ‘mill-race’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rager, Rader, Rayer, Rater, Raber, Roker, Braker, Reker, Haker, Baker

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Where is the Raker family from?

You can see how Raker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raker families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 62 Raker families living in London. This was about 29% of all the recorded Raker's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Raker families in 1891.
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What did your Raker ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Postman and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Raker. 100% of Raker men worked as a Postman and 100% of Raker women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • Postman

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Raker. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Raker lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Raker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Raker in 1944 was 24, and 83 in 2004.

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