Rudder Family History

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Rudder Name Meaning

German: variant of Ruder 2. Altered spelling of German Ruder 1 and 2. EG

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

Similar surnames: Ruder, Rudner, Gudger, Rucker, Rayder, Runde, Reeder, Rusher, Budde

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Rudder Family Origin

Where is the Rudder family from?

Rudder Family Occupations

What did your Rudder ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rudder occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Rudder's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rudder. A less common occupation for the Rudder family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


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

Rudder Historical Records

What Rudder family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Rudder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rudder 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 Rudder. 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 Rudder. For the veterans among your Rudder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rudder Life Expectancy

What is the average Rudder lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rudder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Rudder in 1944 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rudder

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rudder 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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