Rather Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Rather Name Meaning

occupational name for a counselor or nickname for a wise person, from Middle High German rater ‘adviser’. variant of Rathert. (Räther): habitational name for someone from a place called Rath (see Rath 3), or a habitational name from places named Räther and Räthern in northeastern Germany.

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

Similar surnames: Rater, Rother, Raether, Ruther, Ranger, Rathe, Ratner, Rachel, Lather

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Rather Family Origin

Where is the Rather family from?

Rather Family Occupations

What did your Rather ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Annuitant and Formerly Shopkeeper were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Rather. The most common Rather occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 50% of Rather's were Annuitants.

View Census data for Rather | Data not to scale

  • Annuitant

  • Formerly Shopkeeper


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

Rather Historical Records

What Rather family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Rather. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rather 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 Rather

Passenger List

There are 862 immigration records available for the last name Rather. 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.

View all Rather immigration records

Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Rather. For the veterans among your Rather ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Rather military records

You've only scratched the surface of Rather family history.

Rather Life Expectancy

What is the average Rather lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Rather life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Rather in 1955 was 39, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rather

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rather 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.

Look up another name