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Rover Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who constructed or repaired roofs, from an agent derivative of Middle English roof (Old English hrof). In the Middle Ages roofs might be thatched with reeds or straw, or covered with tiles, slates, or wooden shingles. German and English: nickname for an unscrupulous individual, from Middle Low German rover ‘pirate’, ‘robber’, Middle English rover. The English verb rove ‘to wander’ is probably a back-formation from this, and is not attested before the 16th century, so it is unlikely to lie behind any examples of the surname. German: variant of Röver (see Roever).

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


Similar surnames: Cover, Roper, Over, Grover, Roder, Roker, Comer, Gover, Drover

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Where is the Rover family from?

You can see how Rover families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rover family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rover families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 10 Rover families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 30% of all the recorded Rover's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Rover families in 1911.
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What did your Rover ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rover. 25% of Rover men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Rover women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rover were Labor and Maid.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Labor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Clerk
    17%
  • Housework
    14%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rover. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Rover. For the veterans among your Rover ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rover lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Rover life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rover in 1961 was 39, and 64 in 2004.

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