Ruth Family History

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Ruth Name Meaning

English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. The personal name Ruth was little used in England in the Middle Ages among non-Jews, and is unlikely to have had any influence on the surname. adm Swiss German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hrod ‘renown’ (see Rode). EGnot Jewish - ab

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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Ruth Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ruth name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ruth. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Ruth Family Origin

Where is the Ruth family from?

Ruth Family Occupations

What did your Ruth ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ruth family was Carpenter. The most common Ruth occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Ruth's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruth.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Ruth Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 98,000 census records available for the last name Ruth. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruth census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Ruth Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruth ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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