Ras Name Meaning

Czech (Raš) and Polish (Ras): from a pet short form of any of various Slavic personal names with the first element rad- ‘joyful’ or raci- ‘to fight’. Spanish: from ras ‘level’ (ultimately from Latin radere ‘to scrape’); perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived on flat land. Catalan: topographic name for someone who lived on bare, barren land, from ras ‘shorn’, ‘bare’, ‘peeled’. French: from ras ‘bare’, ‘shorn’, ‘close-shaven’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on bare or razed land, or a nickname for someone with closely cropped hair. Dutch: nickname for a nimble person, from ras ‘quick’, ‘swift’. Altered spelling of German Rass, from a Germanic personal name Rasso, or of South German and Swiss Räss, a nickname for someone cheeky or sharp, from Middle High German ræze ‘sharp’, ‘wild’, ‘caustic’.

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

Similar surnames: Rase, Rais, Ray, Ram, Sas, Rau, Ros, Mas, Vas, Bas

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Ras Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Ras occupation in the UK was Laundress. 50% of Ras's were Laundresss. Laundress and Sailor Home Werg Ten Darp were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Ras.

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  • Sailor Home Werg Ten Darp


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Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Ras life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Ras in 1958 was 51, and 80 in 2004.

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