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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Drake name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Drake Family Origin

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Drake Family Occupations

What did your Drake ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Drake family was Laborer. Farmer, Carpenter and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Drake. The most common Drake occupation in Canada was Farmer. 24% of Drake's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer

  • Laborer


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

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

What is the average Drake lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Drake 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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