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Russian Family History

Russian Name Meaning
Jewish: Americanized form of a like-sounding Ashkenazic surname; possibly Rusin, or a habitational name (Rosseyn(y), Rossiensky) derived from a place called Rossieny, now Raseiniai in Lithuania.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Russian Families

  • Number of Russian families
     29 - 56
     10 - 28
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Russian families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Russian last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Russian census records

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Russian Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Russian families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

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Russian Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Russian families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for Russian

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Russian Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Russian census records

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Russian Civil War Service Records

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