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Roe Name Meaning

English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ro ‘roe’; this is a midland and southern form of Ray 2. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named Roe or Røe, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’. English name adopted by bearers of French Baillargeon. Korean: variant of No.

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


Similar surnames: Rode, Rowe, Rod, Ree, Rye, Rose, Doe, Rue, Roh, Loe

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Where is the Roe family from?

You can see how Roe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roe families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 381 Roe families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Roe's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Roe families in 1911.
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What did your Roe ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Roe. 39% of Roe men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Roe women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roe were Laborer 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 1921

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Farmers Son
    6%
  • Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Dressmaker
    10%
  • Income
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 254,000 census records available for the last name Roe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roe 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Roe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Roe. For the veterans among your Roe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roe lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Roe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1940. The average life expectancy for Roe in 1940 was 77, and 75 in 2004.

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