Ruthven Family History

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Ruthven Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name, traditionally pronounced ‘Ri-ven’, from any of various places in Scotland so named, especially one near Perth and one in Inverness-shire. The place is named either in Gaelic (ruadh ‘red’ + mhaighin ‘place’) or with a cognate of Welsh rhudd faen ‘red stone’. KaM, WN

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

Similar surnames: Methven, Ruben, Rother, Rutten, Rushton, Ulven, Rothe, Ruhe, Duthie

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Ruthven Family Origin

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Ruthven Family Occupations

What did your Ruthven ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Ruthven occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Ruthven's were Farmers. Farmer, Foreman At Coal Mines and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruthven. A less common occupation for the Ruthven family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Foreman At Coal Mines

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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

Ruthven Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Ruthven. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruthven 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruthven. 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 Ruthven. For the veterans among your Ruthven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruthven Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruthven lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ruthven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Ruthven in 1953 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruthven 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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