Rutherford Family History

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Rutherford Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: habitational name from a place in the Scottish Borders near Roxburgh, probably named with an early British river name of unknown etymology + Old English ford ‘ford’. There is another place of the same name in North Yorkshire, named with hryðer ‘cattle’ + Old English ford ‘ford’, but this does not seem to have contributed to the surname. pwh, WN

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

Similar surnames: Hungerford, Summerford, Rochford, Comerford, Thetford, Rushford

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Rutherford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rutherford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rutherford. 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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Rutherford Family Origin

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Rutherford Family Occupations

What did your Rutherford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rutherford family was Farm Laborer. The most common Rutherford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Rutherford's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rutherford.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Rutherford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 256,000 census records available for the last name Rutherford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rutherford 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 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Rutherford. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Rutherford. For the veterans among your Rutherford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rutherford Life Expectancy

What is the average Rutherford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rutherford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rutherford in 1940 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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