Ruben Family History

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Ruben Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Rubin. German (of Slavic origin): habitational name from a place so named near Kottbus or from Rubyn. German (of Slavic origin): nickname for a big, heavy fellow (see Rubel 2). German (Rüben): habitational name from a place so named near Leipzig.

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

Similar surnames: Rubin, Gruben, Rubel, Raben, Ruen, Rube, Ruden, Zuber, Regen, Gruber

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Ruben Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ruben name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ruben. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Ruben Family Origin

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Ruben Family Occupations

What did your Ruben ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruben. A less common occupation for the Ruben family was Farm Laborer. The most common Ruben occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Ruben's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ruben ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ruben Historical Records

What Ruben family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Ruben. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruben 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruben. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Ruben. For the veterans among your Ruben ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruben Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruben lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Ruben life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Ruben in 1947 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ruben

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruben ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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