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Ruben Family History

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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Where is the Ruben family from?

You can see how Ruben families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruben family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Ruben families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 72 Ruben families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Ruben's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ruben families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ruben surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ruben ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ruben. 16% of Ruben men worked as a Salesman and 15% of Ruben women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruben were Farmer and Teacher.

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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

  • Salesman
    16%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Farmer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Saleslady
    11%
  • Secretary
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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