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Rule Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): probably a habitational name from one or other of several places in northern France named Reuil or Rueil such as Reuil (Aisne) Reuil (Marne) Réau (Seine-et-Marne) Rueil (Seine-et-Oise Eure-et-Loir) and Reuil-sur-Brèche (Oise). Ruelle (Calvados) is also another possibility. English: habitational name from Reule a minor settlement now in the parish of Haughton (Staffordshire). The placename probably derives from Old English rūh ‘rough’ + halh ‘nook corner of land’. Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Rule (Roxburghshire) now Bedrule Hallrule and Abbotrule. The placename may be from Old English rūh ‘rough’ + wella ‘spring stream’ or may embody an older British Celtic name. Probably an altered form of German Ruhle .

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

Similar surnames: Mule, Rue, Ruyle, Rhule, Duke, Ruble, Rude, Ruhe, Rush, Brue

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You can see how Rule families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rule family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rule families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Rule families living in Ohio. This was about 15% of all the recorded Rule's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Rule families in 1840.
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What did your Rule ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rule. 19% of Rule men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Rule women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rule were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Rule. For the veterans among your Rule ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rule lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rule life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Rule in 1942 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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