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Rush Name Meaning

English: from Middle English rishe rush(e) rosh(e) ‘rush’ (Old English risc) either a topographic name for someone who lived in a rushy place or a nickname probably denoting someone who wove mats baskets and other articles out of rushes. English: nickname from Middle English rush ‘beehive’ (probably referring to skeps woven from rushes) perhaps denoting a bee-keeper. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis ‘descendant of Ros’ a personal name perhaps derived from ros ‘wood’. In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra due to confusion with the Irish word luachair ‘rushes’ (see Loughrey ). Irish: Anglicized form (translation) of Gaelic Ó Fuada ‘descendant of Fuada’ a personal name meaning ‘hasty rushing’ (see Foody ). Americanized form of German Rüsch (see Ruesch ) or Rusch .

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


Similar surnames: Brush, Russ, Bush, Rust, Rusch, Ruth, Rosh, Rish, Rusk, Rash

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Where is the Rush family from?

You can see how Rush families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rush family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rush families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 116 Rush families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Rush's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rush families in 1840.
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What did your Rush ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rush. 17% of Rush men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Rush women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rush were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Rush. For the veterans among your Rush ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rush lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rush life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rush in 1940 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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