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Raya Family History

Raya Name Meaning

Galician and Spanish: possibly a habitational name from Raya in Galicia or in Albacete and Murcia provinces. Spanish: possibly a topographic name from Spanish raya ‘line’ denoting the boundary between two countries or provinces.

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


Similar surnames: Rama, Rada, Rana, Rayo, Rapa, Ray, Araya, Raba, Rayas, Maya

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Where is the Raya family from?

You can see how Raya families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raya family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Raya families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 2 Raya families living in Sussex. This was about 67% of all the recorded Raya's in United Kingdom. Sussex had the highest population of Raya families in 1891.
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What did your Raya ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Raya. 52% of Raya men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Raya women worked as a Housewife. .

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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

  • Laborer
    52%
  • Cotton Picker
    11%
  • Picker
    11%
  • Shoe Maker
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    100%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Raya. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raya 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Raya. 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 597 military records available for the last name Raya. For the veterans among your Raya ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raya lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Raya life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Raya in 1950 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

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