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Russian Name Meaning

Americanized form of some similar (like-sounding) Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) surname possibly Rusin or Rosseyny Rossiensky a habitational name from a place called Rossieny now Raseiniai in Lithuania. Italianized or Americanized form of Slovenian Rusjan: derivative of rus ‘brownish red’ (compare Rus ).

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

Similar surnames: Ruskin, Rusin, Russman, Rissman, Sussman, Rusak, Riskin, Rossin

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Where is the Russian family from?

You can see how Russian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Russian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Russian families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Russian family living in Alabama. This was 100% of all the recorded Russian's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Russian families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Russian surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Russian ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Russian. 30% of Russian men worked as a Laborer and 30% of Russian women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Russian were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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
  • Miner
  • Loader
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
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What Russian family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Russian. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Russian 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 521 immigration records available for the last name Russian. 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 39,000 military records available for the last name Russian. For the veterans among your Russian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Russian lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Russian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Russian in 1956 was 48, and 82 in 2004.

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