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Ruth Family History

Ruth Name Meaning
English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. The personal name Ruth was little used in England in the Middle Ages among non-Jews, and is unlikely to have had any influence on the surname.Swiss German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hrod ‘renown’ (see Rode).

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

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16,202 Military Records
11,282 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Ruth Families

  • Number of Ruth families
     410 - 817
     137 - 409
     1 - 136
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ruth families
     125 - 248
     42 - 124
     1 - 41
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ruth families
     16 - 29
     6 - 15
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ruth Family Origin

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Ruth Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Ruth

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Ruth Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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