Ratzlaff Family History

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Ratzlaff Name Meaning

German (Pomeranian): from the Slavic personal name Ratislav, composed of the elements rad- ‘joyful’ + slav ‘glory’, ‘fame’, ‘praise’.

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

Similar surnames: Retzlaff, Tetzlaff, Pritzlaff, Radloff, Butzlaff, Wenzlaff, Sielaff

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Ratzlaff Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ratzlaff name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ratzlaff. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Ratzlaff Family Origin

Where is the Ratzlaff family from?

Ratzlaff Family Occupations

What did your Ratzlaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer and Washes were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Ratzlaff. The most common Ratzlaff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 86% of Ratzlaff's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Washes


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

Ratzlaff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Ratzlaff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ratzlaff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ratzlaff. 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 899 military records available for the last name Ratzlaff. For the veterans among your Ratzlaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ratzlaff Life Expectancy

What is the average Ratzlaff lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Ratzlaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Ratzlaff in 1959 was 61, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ratzlaff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ratzlaff 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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