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Ruder Family History

Ruder Name Meaning

German:: metonymic occupational name for a boatman or sailor from Middle High German ruoder ruodel ‘rudder oar’. from a personal name containing the Old High German element hrōd ‘fame renown’. (Rüder): variant of Reuter

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rader, Reder, Rumer, Roder, Rude, Puder, Rufer, Ruden, Buder, Rider

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Where is the Ruder family from?

You can see how Ruder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruder families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Ruder families living in Kentucky. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ruder's in USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Ruder families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ruder surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ruder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ruder. 21% of Ruder men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Ruder women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruder were Clerk 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Ruder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruder 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruder. 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 Ruder. For the veterans among your Ruder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruder lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Ruder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Ruder in 1958 was 37, and 69 in 2004.

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