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Ruffin Family History

Ruffin Name Meaning

English and French: from a personal name, Latin Rufinus, anderivative of Rufus (see Ruffo 1). This was popularizednby various minor early saints, including a 3rd-century martyr ofnSoissons and a 4th-century Church Father.

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


Similar surnames: Ruffino, Ruffo, Duffin, Buffin, Austin, Griffin, Coffin, Ruffing

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Where is the Ruffin family from?

You can see how Ruffin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ruffin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ruffin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2 Ruffin families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Ruffin's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ruffin families in 1911.
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What did your Ruffin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ruffin. 34% of Ruffin men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Ruffin women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ruffin were Farm Laborer 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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    34%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Porter
    3%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Ruffin. For the veterans among your Ruffin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ruffin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ruffin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ruffin in 1940 was 59, and 67 in 2004.

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