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Prater Surname Meaning

English (southern): nickname from Middle English prater ‘chatterer’. English (southern): occupational name for a reeve the chief magistrate or bailiff of a district from Middle English preto(u)r borrowed from Latin praetor. Dutch: occupational name for a warden of meadows or a gamekeeper from Middle Dutch prater preter (from Latin pratarius a derivative of pratum ‘meadow’). Dutch and North German: nickname for an excessively talkative person from Middle Low German praten ‘to talk or prattle’. German: variant of Brater (see Brader ).

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


Similar surnames: Rater, Plater, Plate, Frater, Prager, Frager, Cater, Brauer, Grater

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Where is the Prater family from?

You can see how Prater families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prater family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prater families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 97 Prater families living in London. This was about 26% of all the recorded Prater's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Prater families in 1891.
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What did your Prater ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmworker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Prater. 25% of Prater men worked as a Farmworker and 79% of Prater women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prater were Farm Carter and Household Duties (unpaid). .

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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 1939

  • Farmworker
    25%
  • Cowman
    25%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    25%
  • Farm Carter
    25%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    79%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    8%
  • Domestic Unpaid
    2%
  • Household Duties (unpaid)
    2%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Prater. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prater 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 Prater. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Prater. For the veterans among your Prater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prater lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Prater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Prater in 1942 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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