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

Ruffer Family History

Ruffer Name Meaning

German: variant of Rufer. German: variant ofnRoffers. EG English: variant of Rover 1.

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


Similar surnames: Duffer, Huffer, Ruffner, Rucker, Ruff, Ruther, Raffel, Puffer, Rufer

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 Ruffer family from?

You can see how Ruffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruffer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Ruffer families living in Massachusetts. This was about 67% of all the recorded Ruffer's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Ruffer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ruffer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ruffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ruffer. 21% of Ruffer men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Ruffer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruffer were Carpenter and Bookkeeper.

View Census data for Ruffer | 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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    24%
  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Operator
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Ruffer family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Ruffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruffer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Ruffer

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruffer. 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 Ruffer immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Ruffer. For the veterans among your Ruffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Ruffer military records

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

Discover More

What is the average Ruffer lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ruffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Ruffer in 1963 was 91, and 85 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ruffer

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Ruffer family tree

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