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Runge Family History

Runge Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German runge ‘staff’, ‘stick’ (OldnHigh German runga). The precise sense of the surname is notnclear, but the vocabulary word was used in particular of the supportnrung on the side of a (ladder) wagon; thus it is possibly a metonymicnoccupational name for a wheelwright. EG

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


Similar surnames: Range, Ruge, Bunge, Runke, Ringe, Bunde, Runte, Ruble, Runde, Dung

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Where is the Runge family from?

You can see how Runge families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Runge family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Runge families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 175 Runge families living in Illinois. This was about 24% of all the recorded Runge's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Runge families in 1880.
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What did your Runge ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Runge. 23% of Runge men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Runge women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Runge were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housework
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Runge. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Runge 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Runge. 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 Runge. For the veterans among your Runge ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Runge lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Runge life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Runge in 1944 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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