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Cruse Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English cr(o)us(e) ‘bold’, ‘fierce’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from a place in France, perhaps Cruys-Staëte in Nord, apparently named with a Gaulish word crodiu ‘hard’. German: northern variant of Krause. Americanized spelling of German Kruse.

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


Similar surnames: Couse, Kruse, Cruise, Crouse, Cripe, Crust, Crase, Crute, Causey

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Where is the Cruse family from?

You can see how Cruse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cruse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cruse families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Cruse families living in Missouri. This was about 13% of all the recorded Cruse's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Cruse families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cruse surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cruse ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cruse. 20% of Cruse men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Cruse women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cruse were Salesman and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Cruse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cruse census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cruse. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Cruse. For the veterans among your Cruse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cruse lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cruse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Cruse in 1944 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

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