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Rutherford Name Meaning

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

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

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

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Where is the Rutherford family from?

You can see how Rutherford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rutherford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rutherford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 60 Rutherford families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Rutherford's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Rutherford families in 1840.
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What did your Rutherford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rutherford. 16% of Rutherford men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Rutherford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rutherford were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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