• <100 Rake
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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rake
  1. An implement consisting of a headpiece having teeth, and a long handle at right angles to it, -- used for collecting hay, or other light things which are spread over a large surface, or for breaking and smoothing the earth.
  2. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, -- used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  3. Etymology: Perhaps a different word

    [Mining] A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so; -- called also rake-vein.

Etymology: AS. race; akin to OD. rake, D. reek, OHG. rehho, G. rechen, Icel. reka a shovel, and to Goth. rikan to heap up, collect, and perhaps to Gr. 'ore`gein to stretch out, and E. rack to stretch. Cf. Reckon

verb Rake
  1. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
  2. To collect or draw together with laborious industry; to gather from a wide space; to scrape together; as, to rake together wealth; to rake together slanderous tales; to rake together the rabble of a town.
  3. To pass a rake over; to scrape or scratch with a rake for the purpose of collecting and clearing off something, or for stirring up the soil; as, to rake a lawn; to rake a flower bed.
  4. To search through; to scour; to ransack."The statesman rakes the town to find a plot." [Swift.]
  5. To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and lightly, as a rake does."Like clouds that rake the mountain summits." [Wordsworth.]
  6. [Mil] To enfilade; to fire in a direction with the length of; in naval engagements, to cannonade, as a ship, on the stern or head so that the balls range the whole length of the deck.

Etymology: AS. racian. See 1st Rake

verb Rake
  1. To use a rake, as for searching or for collecting; to scrape; to search minutely."One is for raking in Chaucer for antiquated words." [Dryden.]
  2. To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along."Pas could not stay, but over him did rake." [Sir P. Sidney.]
noun Rake
The inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc. the inclination of a mast or funnel, or, in general, of any part of a vessel not perpendicular to the keel.

Etymology: Cf. dial. Sw. raka to reach, and E. reach

verb Rake
To incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft.
noun Rake
A loose, disorderly, vicious man; a person addicted to lewdness and other scandalous vices; a debauchee; a roué.

Etymology: OE. rakel rash; cf. Icel. reikall wandering, unsettled, reika to wander

verb Rake
  1. Etymology: Icel. reika. Cf. Rake a debauchee

    To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.(Prov. Eng)
  2. Etymology: See Rake a debauchee

    To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
  2. Degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
  3. A dissolute man in fashionable society
  4. Scrape gently
  5. Gather with a rake ("rake leaves")
  6. Level or smooth with a rake ("rake gravel")
  7. Move through with or as if with a rake ("She raked her fingers through her hair")
  8. Examine hastily
  9. Sweep the length of ("The gunfire raked the coast")

From Middle English rake, from Old English raca, racu, ræce (“rake”), from Proto-Germanic *rakō, *rekô (“rake”). Cognate with Dutch raak, reek, riek (“rake; pitchfork”), German Low German Raak (“rake; poker”), German Rechen (“rake; grill”), Swedish raka (“an oven-rake”).

  1. A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
  2. (Ireland, slang) A lot, plenty.
    Jim has had a of trouble with his new car.
  3. (rail transport) A set of coupled rail vehicles, normally coaches or wagons.
    The train was formed of a locomotive and a of six coaches.
  4. (cellular automata) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceships rather than a trail of debris.
  5. The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.
  6. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  7. (mining) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.

From Middle English raken, from Old English racian (“to direct, rule, govern, control; take a course or direction, go forward, move, run; hasten”), from Proto-Germanic *rakōną (“to choose a direction, run”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct”). Cognate with Dutch raken (“to hit, touch, reach”).

  1. Slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular.
  2. (geology) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
  3. (roofing) The sloped edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.

Shortening of rakehell, possibly from rake (etymology 2) (“to proceed rapidly”).

  1. A man habituated to immoral conduct.

From Middle English, from Old Norse rák (“trail”), from Proto-Germanic *rēkō, *raką, *rakō, *rakǭ (“file of tracks, line”), from Proto-Indo-European *(o)reg'-, *(o)reg'a- (“to straighten, direct”). Cognate with Icelandic rák (“streak, grazing”), Icelandic raka (“strip, series”), Norwegian røk (“grazing”), Norwegian rak (“wick”), Old English race, racu (“a run, riverbed”).

  1. (provincial, Northern England) A course; direction; stretch.
  2. (provincial, Northern England, for animals) A range, stray.
    a sheep- = a sheep-walk

    rake was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Hausa, Scots, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Name Rake

    Rake Yohn is an actor and chemist. Rake was born on January 20th, 1975 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.


    Rake is a j-pop and pop rock singer-songwriter. He plays Acoustic guitar. His ongoing career started in 2010. Rake was born on August 15th, 1979.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rake

    Sir Michael Rake is a chairman and bt group. Michael was given the name Michael Derek Vaughan Rake on January 17th, 1948 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England.


    Rake is a j-pop and pop rock singer-songwriter. He plays Acoustic guitar. His ongoing career started in 2010. Rake was born on August 15th, 1979.


    Rodolfo Rake is an influential individual. Rodolfo was born on July 13th, 1979 in Lima, Peru.


    Katherine Rake is an important somebody. Katherine was born on May 5th, 1968.


    Matthew Rake is an athlete for the Llanwern A.F.C.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Rake U.S.
      White 90.75% 64.26%
      African American 1.18% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.86% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.96% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.48% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.76% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Rake

    People with the last name Rake are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Rake

    • How Popular is the name Rake? As a last name Rake was the 16,265th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Rake first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Rake is Friday, February 15th, 1907.
    • How unique is the name Rake? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Rake. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Rake: Your name in reverse order is Ekar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eark. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Rake? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,773 people with the last name Rake.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rake? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rake as their last name since less than 1 person in 167k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • 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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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