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Ruud Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads called Ru(u)d in eastern Norway particularly from Old Norse ruth ‘clearing’. Compare Rud Rood and Roode .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rod, Rudi, Rud, Runde, Rubi, Read, Rux, Fuld, Mudd, Raum

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Where is the Ruud family from?

You can see how Ruud families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruud family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Ruud families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 42 Ruud families living in Minnesota. This was about 48% of all the recorded Ruud's in USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Ruud families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ruud surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ruud ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ruud. 44% of Ruud men worked as a Farmer and 37% of Ruud women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruud were Factory Worker and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Factory Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Ruud. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruud census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruud. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Ruud. For the veterans among your Ruud ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruud lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ruud life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ruud in 1945 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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