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Meaning and Origin of: Race

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: of uncertain origin; Reaney suggests a nickname from Old French ras ‘clean shaven’, but he also cites documentary evidence of a personal name which probably also gave rise to the surname.
  2. Perhaps a variant of Dutch or German Rase.
  3. Slovenian (southwestern Slovenia): nickname from raca ‘duck’, formed with the suffix -e, used mainly of young people, possibly denoting someone who walked like a duck.
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