Rufus Family History

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Rufus Name Meaning

English: from a Latin nickname meaning ‘red-haired’ (see Ruffo). This is found in medieval English documents as a translation of various surnames with the same sense. (As a personal name it was not adopted until the 19th century.) 1881 British census has 98; UK 55; adm

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

Similar surnames: Russ, Ruffo, Rus, Reus, Duffus, Rafuse, Rubin, Raus, Rufer, Tufts

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Rufus Family Origin

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Rufus Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Rufus occupation in Canada was Farmer. 50% of Rufus's were Farmers. Farmer and Farmerson were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Rufus.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmerson


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Rufus Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Rufus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rufus 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 659 immigration records available for the last name Rufus. 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 Card

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

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Rufus Life Expectancy

What is the average Rufus lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Rufus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Rufus in 1961 was 37, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rufus

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rufus 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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