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Ruley Name Meaning

Perhaps an Americanized spelling of German Ruhle (or itsnSwiss German derivative Rühli), or of French Rouletn(see Roulette). UK Rooley 10; - not in EML, RW

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


Similar surnames: Rupley, Buley, Gurley, Rumley, Druley, Rubley, Riley, Rubey, Bruley

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Where is the Ruley family from?

You can see how Ruley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruley families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Ruley families living in Maryland. This was about 36% of all the recorded Ruley's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Ruley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ruley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ruley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ruley. 27% of Ruley men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Ruley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruley were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    12%
  • Secretary
    12%
  • Waitress
    12%
  • Cook
    8%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Ruley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 942 immigration records available for the last name Ruley. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Ruley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ruley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ruley in 1945 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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