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Ruff Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English rough rowe ruwe ‘rough (haired) shaggy disheveled’. English (of Norman origin): perhaps a post-medieval spelling of Roff or Roof ; see Rolfe . Scottish: perhaps a Scots pronunciation of Rock . German: variant of Ruf .

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

Similar surnames: Roff, Buff, Muff, Raff, Rufe, Tuff, Riff, Cuff, Luff, Ruef

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Where is the Ruff family from?

You can see how Ruff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Ruff families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Ruff's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ruff families in 1840.
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What did your Ruff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ruff. 20% of Ruff men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ruff women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruff were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruff. 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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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Ruff. For the veterans among your Ruff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruff lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ruff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ruff in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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