History of your Surname
Get access to Rudge family records.Start a free trial

Rudge Family History

Rudge Name Meaning

topographic name from West MidlandnMiddle English rugge, a variant of rigge ‘ridge’, or anhabitational name from the village of Rudge in Shropshire, which isnnamed with this word. from a medieval personal name, a pet form ofnRoger. nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddyncomplexion, from Old French r(o)uge ‘red’ (Latinnrubeus). adm

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


Similar surnames: Ridge, Budge, Judge, Rude, Rudi, Aude, Rudd, Mudge, Ruge, Hodge

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Rudge family from?

You can see how Rudge families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rudge family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rudge families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Rudge family living in Connecticut. This was 100% of all the recorded Rudge's in the USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Rudge families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rudge surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rudge ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rudge. 15% of Rudge men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Rudge women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rudge were Clerk and New Worker.

View Census data for Rudge | Data not to scale

*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
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Housewife
    25%
  • New Worker
    25%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Rudge family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Rudge. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rudge census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Rudge

Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Rudge. 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.

View all Rudge immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Rudge. For the veterans among your Rudge ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Rudge military records

You've only scratched the surface of Rudge family history.

Discover More

What is the average Rudge lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Rudge life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rudge in 1960 was 48, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rudge

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Rudge family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial