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Rupe Family History

Rupe Name Meaning

German: from Middle Low German rupe ‘caterpillar’ hence a nickname for a gardener. This surname is rare in Germany. Americanized form of German Rupp or Ruppe . Compare Roupe .

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

Similar surnames: Roupe, Ruge, Ruple, Grupe, Rupel, Rube, Rule, Rape, Ruppe, Auge

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Where is the Rupe family from?

You can see how Rupe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rupe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rupe families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Rupe families living in Virginia. This was about 27% of all the recorded Rupe's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Rupe families in 1840.
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What did your Rupe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rupe. 24% of Rupe men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Rupe women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rupe were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Rupe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rupe 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 641 immigration records available for the last name Rupe. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Rupe. For the veterans among your Rupe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rupe lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Rupe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Rupe in 1950 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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