Drake Family History

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Drake Name Meaning

English: from the Old English byname Draca, meaning ‘snake’ or ‘dragon’, Middle English Drake, or sometimes from the Old Norse cognate Draki. Both are common bynames and, less frequently, personal names. Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake’, ‘monster’ (see Dragon). English and Dutch: from Middle English drake, Middle Dutch drake ‘male duck’ (from Middle Low German andrake), hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a drake, or perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a drake. North German: nickname from Low German drake ‘dragon’ (see Drach 1).

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

Similar surnames: Brake, Rake, Duke, Drach, Drane, Lake, Drage, Grace, Drakes, Dade

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Drake Family Origin

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Drake Family Occupations

What did your Drake ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Drake. 33% of Drake men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Drake women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Drake were Laborer and Nurse

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Nurse

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

Drake Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 504,000 census records available for the last name Drake. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Drake 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Drake. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 84,000 military records available for the last name Drake. For the veterans among your Drake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Drake Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Drake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Drake in 1942 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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