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Kruse Name Meaning

German and Danish: nickname for someone with curly hair, a Low German variant of Kraus. German: from Middle High German kruse ‘pitcher’, ‘ceramic drinking vessel’; a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of jugs or a nickname for a heavy drinker.

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


Similar surnames: Krause, Cruse, Kruck, Kuse, Druse, Kus, Ruge, Kruis, Krus, Rupe

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Where is the Kruse family from?

You can see how Kruse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kruse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kruse families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Kruse families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Kruse's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Kruse families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kruse surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kruse ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kruse. 27% of Kruse men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Kruse women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kruse were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 91,000 census records available for the last name Kruse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kruse 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Kruse. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Kruse. For the veterans among your Kruse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kruse lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kruse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kruse in 1942 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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