Ruhr Family History

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Ruhr Name Meaning

perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a place named for the Ruhr river.

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

Similar surnames: Fuhr, Rohr, Rehr, Ruhe, Suhr, Rudi, Ruhl, Rush, Lehr, Uhr

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Ruhr Family Origin

Where is the Ruhr family from?

Ruhr Family Occupations

What did your Ruhr ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Teamster and Housekeeping were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruhr. A less common occupation for the Ruhr family was Keeps Bar. The most common Ruhr occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Ruhr's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Teamster

  • Housekeeping

  • Keeps Bar


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

Ruhr Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Ruhr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruhr 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Ruhr. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Ruhr. For the veterans among your Ruhr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruhr Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruhr lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ruhr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ruhr in 1963 was 69, and 90 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ruhr

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruhr 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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