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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rafter

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Raft"er
A raftsman.
noun Raft"er
Originally, any rough and somewhat heavy piece of timber. Now, commonly, one of the timbers of a roof which are put on sloping, according to the inclination of the roof. See Illust. of Queen-post.

Etymology: AS. ræfter; akin to E. raft, n. See Raft

verb Raft"er
Senses
  1. To make into rafters, as timber.
  2. To furnish with rafters, as a house.
  3. [Agric] To plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge.(Eng)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
  2. Someone who travels by raft
  3. Provide (a ceiling) with rafters

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rafter

Pat Rafter is a tennis player. Pat was born on December 28th, 1972 in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia.

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Mike was born on March 31st, 1952 in Bristol.

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Charles Haughton Rafter was a police officer. Charles was born in 1860 in Belfast, Ireland. Charles is also known as Sir Charles Haughton Rafter. He left this life on August 23rd, 1935.

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Popularity of Rafter as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rafter U.S.
  White 91.75% 64.26%
  African American 3.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.91% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rafter

People with the last name Rafter are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rafter

  • How Popular is the name Rafter? As a last name Rafter was the 16,984th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Rafter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Rafter is Monday, August 23rd, 1920.
  • How unique is the name Rafter? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Rafter. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Rafter: Your name in reverse order is Retfar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Frreta. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rafter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,673 people with the last name Rafter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rafter? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rafter as their last name since less than 1 person in 175k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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