Rayer Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Rayer Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Raher, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ + hari, heri ‘army’. French: occupational name for a barber, Old French raier (from rère ‘to shave’).

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

Similar surnames: Sayer, Royer, Rader, Rayner, Raker, Rager, Raber, Rater, Hayer

Ready to discover your family story?

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

Rayer Family Origin

Where is the Rayer family from?

Rayer Family Occupations

What did your Rayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Rayer. 6% of Rayer men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Rayer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rayer were domestic and Actress travelling

View Census data for Rayer | Data not to scale

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Farmer
  • Farm Carter
  • Locomotive Erector
  • domestic

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housekeeper
  • Nil
  • Actress travelling

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Rayer Historical Records

What Rayer family records will you find?

Census Record

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

Passenger List

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

Draft Card

There are 736 military records available for the last name Rayer. For the veterans among your Rayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Rayer military records

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

Rayer Life Expectancy

What is the average Rayer lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Rayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rayer in 1954 was 44, and 96 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rayer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rayer 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.

Famous Rayer Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name