Rank Name Meaning

English: nickname for a powerfully built man or someone of violent emotions, from the Middle English adjective rank (Old English ranc ‘proud’, ‘rebellious’). English: from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from the diminutive Rankin. South German: variant of Rang 2. German: nickname either for an agile person, from Middle High German ranc ‘quick turn’, or in some instances for someone who was tall and thin, from Low German rank. In some cases the surname may have been from a personal name formed with this element. Czech: from a pet form of a personal name, which could be either Slavic Ranožir or Germanic Randolf (see Randolph). Swedish and Danish: nickname from rank ‘erect’, ‘upright’, ‘straight’.

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


Similar surnames: Rand, Bank, Crank, Ranz, Frank, Raak, Wank, Lank, Krank, Hand

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Rank Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    28%
  • Cooper

    8%
  • Gardener

    8%
  • Accountant

    4%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rank family was Accountant. Agricultural Labourer, Cooper and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rank. The most common Rank occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 28% of Rank's were Agricultural Labourers.

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Between 1946 and 2004, Rank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Rank in 1946 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rank

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