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Ruth Family History

Ruth Name Meaning

English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivativenof rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for ancharitable person or for a pitiable one. The personal name Ruthnwas little used in England in the Middle Ages among non-Jews, and isnunlikely to have had any influence on the surname. adm SwissnGerman: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formednwith hrod ‘renown’ (see Rode). EGnot Jewish -nab

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


Similar surnames: Roth, Rush, Rath, Rutz, Muth, Guth, Auth, Rudi, Ruch, Buth

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Where is the Ruth family from?

You can see how Ruth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruth family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruth families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 131 Ruth families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Ruth's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ruth families in 1840.
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What did your Ruth ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruth. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Ruth. For the veterans among your Ruth ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruth lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ruth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ruth in 1941 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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