Rayer Family History

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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

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Rayer Family Origin

Where is the Rayer family from?

Rayer Family Occupations

What did your Rayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rayer family was Engine Fitter. The most common Rayer occupation in the UK was Farmer. 29% of Rayer's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Auctioners Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rayer.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Auctioners Clerk

  • Engine Fitter


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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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