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Rack Name Meaning

German (also Räck): from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with rag- from ragin ‘advice counsel’. German: nickname in the south from Middle High German rac ‘taut stiff; flexible free’ in the north from Middle Low German rak ‘proper orderly exact’. German (also Räck): nickname from the dialect word Rack(e) ‘crow’. Germanized or Americanized form of Polish Sorbian Ukrainian Rusyn Belorussian Czech Slovak Slovenian Croatian and Serbian Rak ‘crayfish’ Hungarian Rák and a variant of the same Jewish surname. In part it is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ). English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English rak rack(e) ‘storm cloud’ used for someone of a brooding demeanor.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Raco, Tack, Rank, Rach, Rock, Raak, Rick, Brack, Mack, Jack

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You can see how Rack families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rack family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rack families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 42 Rack families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 41% of all the recorded Rack's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Rack families in 1911.
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What did your Rack ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Rack. 39% of Rack men worked as a Farmer. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Labourer
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What is the average Rack lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Rack life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rack in 1962 was 60, and 86 in 2004.

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