Ruther Family History

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Ruther Name Meaning

German (also Rüther): habitational name for someone from Rüth or Rüthen in Westphalia. exg*** German: variant of Reuter, although in some cases Ruther and Ruter may represent dialect variants of Dutch Ruiter. EG Dutch: variant of Rutter 3.

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

Similar surnames: Rather, Rutter, Ruter, Ruether, Rusher, Kucher, Reuther, Rother

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Ruther Family Origin

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Ruther Family Occupations

What did your Ruther ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruther. A less common occupation for the Ruther family was Barber. The most common Ruther occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Ruther's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Barber


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ruther ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ruther Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Ruther. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruther 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruther. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Ruther. For the veterans among your Ruther ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruther Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruther lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Ruther life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ruther in 1961 was 55, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ruther

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruther 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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