Rayner Family History

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Rayner Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Rainer, composed of the Germanic elements ragin ‘counsel’ + hari, heri ‘army’ Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from an inflected form of German rein or central Yiddish rayn ‘pure’. Probably also an altered spelling of German Reiner.

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

Similar surnames: Rayer, Rasner, Rainer, Rainier, Raymer, Rayder, Ryner, Radner

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Rayner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rayner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rayner. 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


  • Sweden


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Rayner Family Origin

Where is the Rayner family from?

Rayner Family Occupations

What did your Rayner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rayner. The most common Rayner occupation in Canada was Farmer. 19% of Rayner's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rayner family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • School

  • Blacksmith


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

Rayner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 206,000 census records available for the last name Rayner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rayner 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Rayner. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Rayner. For the veterans among your Rayner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rayner Life Expectancy

What is the average Rayner lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Rayner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Rayner in 1954 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rayner 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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