Rover Family History

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Rover Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who constructed or repaired roofs, from an agent derivative of Middle English roof (Old English hrof). In the Middle Ages roofs might be thatched with reeds or straw, or covered with tiles, slates, or wooden shingles. German and English: nickname for an unscrupulous individual, from Middle Low German rover ‘pirate’, ‘robber’, Middle English rover. The English verb rove ‘to wander’ is probably a back-formation from this, and is not attested before the 16th century, so it is unlikely to lie behind any examples of the surname. German: variant of Röver (see Roever).

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

Similar surnames: Cover, Roper, Over, Grover, Roder, Roker, Comer, Gover, Drover

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Rover Family Origin

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Rover Family Occupations

What did your Rover ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rover family was Keeping House. The most common Rover occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Rover's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rover.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Grocer

  • Keeping House


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Rover Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Rover. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rover census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rover. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Rover. For the veterans among your Rover ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rover Life Expectancy

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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Rover life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rover in 1961 was 39, and 64 in 2004.

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