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Reaver Surname Meaning

English: occupational name or nickname from Middle English revere ‘reiver robber’. This surname is very rare in Britain. Compare River .

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

Similar surnames: Weaver, Reader, Beaver, Deaver, Seaver, Haver, Reder, Meader, Beamer

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Where is the Reaver family from?

You can see how Reaver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reaver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reaver families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 22 Reaver families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Reaver's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Reaver families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reaver surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reaver ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Reaver. 31% of Reaver men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Reaver women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reaver were Mechanic 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Reaver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reaver 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 202 immigration records available for the last name Reaver. 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 618 military records available for the last name Reaver. For the veterans among your Reaver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reaver lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Reaver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Reaver in 1959 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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