Rule Family History

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Rule Name Meaning

English: from the medieval personal name Roul (see Rollo, Rolf). Scottish: habitational name from a place in Roxburghshire, so named from the stream on which it stands. This name is of uncertain origin, possibly from Welsh rhull ‘hasty’, ‘rash’. Probably an altered spelling of German Ruhl. EG

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

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

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Rule Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rule name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rule. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Rule Family Origin

Where is the Rule family from?

Rule Family Occupations

What did your Rule ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rule family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rule. The most common Rule occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Rule's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Miner

  • Keeping House


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Rule Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 80,000 census records available for the last name Rule. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rule 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Rule. 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 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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Rule Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rule 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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