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Rusak Name Meaning

Polish Ukrainian Belorussian and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ethnic or habitational name from Polish rusak ‘Ukrainian’ East Slavic rusak ‘Russian’. The name derives u ltimately from a Scandinavian term meaning ‘rower oarsman’ the Russian state having been first established in the 9th century by Varangian (i.e. Norse) settlers who rowed up the rivers from the Baltic. Polish Ukrainian Belorussian and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname from an East Slavic word meaning ‘light brown’ with allusion to the coloring of hair or skin (compare Polish archaic rusy Ukrainian and Russian rusyy). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name from Rusaki in Belarus.

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

Similar surnames: Prusak, Rusin, Russak, Russ, Burak, Rusnak, Marusak, Bosak, Rosa

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Where is the Rusak family from?

You can see how Rusak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rusak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Rusak families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 7 Rusak families living in Michigan. This was about 14% of all the recorded Rusak's in USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Rusak families in 1920.
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What did your Rusak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rusak. 20% of Rusak men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Rusak women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rusak were Farmer and Machine Operator. .

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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
  • Porter
  • Press Operator
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
  • Machine Operator
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Rusak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rusak 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 745 immigration records available for the last name Rusak. 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 333 military records available for the last name Rusak. For the veterans among your Rusak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rusak lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Rusak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Rusak in 1962 was 74, and 81 in 2004.

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