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Ruby Family History

Ruby Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Rubi. French:nvariant of Rubin. MTM

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

Similar surnames: Rubey, Rubi, Rudy, Ruble, Rury, Judy, Ruedy, Truby, Rube, Curby

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Where is the Ruby family from?

You can see how Ruby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Ruby families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Ruby's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Ruby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ruby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ruby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ruby. 18% of Ruby men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Ruby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruby were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
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What Ruby family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Ruby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruby 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 Ruby. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Ruby. For the veterans among your Ruby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruby lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ruby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Ruby in 1940 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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