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Ruston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so named,nfor example in Norfolk, North Yorkshire, and East Yorkshire. The twonvillages of this name in Norfolk are recorded in Domesday Book asnRistuna, and are from Old English hris ‘brushwood’ +ntun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; Ruston Parva in EastnYorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Roreston, is named fromnthe genitive case of the Old Norse byname Hrór meaningn‘vigorous’ + Old English tun. Ruston in North Yorkshire isnRostune in Domesday Book, apparently from Old Englishnhrost ‘roost’, ‘roof’ + tun, referring to anbuilding with an unusual roof.

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


Similar surnames: Muston, Roston, Rushton, Buxton, Alston, Duston, Luton, Murton, Auton

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Where is the Ruston family from?

You can see how Ruston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruston families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Ruston families living in Alabama. This was about 38% of all the recorded Ruston's in the USA. Alabama had the highest population of Ruston families in 1840.
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What did your Ruston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ruston. 26% of Ruston men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Ruston women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruston were Clerk and Telephone 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

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Telephone Operator
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruston. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Ruston. For the veterans among your Ruston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruston lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Ruston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Ruston in 1961 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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