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Rumsey Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Romsey in Hampshire, so named fromnthe genitive case of the Old English personal name Rum (anshort form of compound names with the first element rum) +nOld English eg ‘island’, ‘dry land in a fen’.

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

Similar surnames: Ramsey, Kimsey, Hursey, Hussey, Romney, Lumley, Bussey, Rumbley

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Where is the Rumsey family from?

You can see how Rumsey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rumsey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rumsey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 81 Rumsey families living in New York. This was about 51% of all the recorded Rumsey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Rumsey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rumsey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rumsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rumsey. 19% of Rumsey men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Rumsey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rumsey were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Rumsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rumsey 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Rumsey. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Rumsey. For the veterans among your Rumsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rumsey lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Rumsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rumsey in 1952 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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