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Raith Family History

Raith Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Raith near Monkton in Ayrshire. German and Swiss German: topographic name from a common field name, probably related to Middle High German reute ‘forest clearing’ (see Reuter). German: nickname for someone with curly hair, from Middle High German reit ‘frizzy’, ‘curly’.

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


Similar surnames: Rath, Rauth, Reith, Raisch, Fait, Rieth, Laich, Rain, Ritt, Rauch

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Where is the Raith family from?

You can see how Raith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raith family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raith families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Raith families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Raith's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Raith families in 1911.
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What did your Raith ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Raith. 25% of Raith men worked as a Salesman and 37% of Raith women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raith were Barber and Servant.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    25%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Machinist
    13%
  • Barber
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    37%
  • Housewife
    28%
  • Nurse
    19%
  • Servant
    19%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Raith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raith census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 879 immigration records available for the last name Raith. 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 Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Raith. For the veterans among your Raith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raith lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Raith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Raith in 1958 was 58, and 87 in 2004.

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