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Rust Family History

Rust Surname Meaning

Swiss German (also Rüst): topographic name for someone who lived by a prominent elm tree Rust (Old High German ruost) or in northern Germany for someone who lived by a resting place or halt along a route from Middle Low German ruste ‘rest’. German: habitational name from a place called Ruest in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. German: from the rare personal name Rusto (from Old High German (h)rustan ‘prepare get ready (for military action)’. English Scottish and German: nickname for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion from Old English rūst Middle Low German rust ‘rust’ (from an ancient Germanic root meaning ‘red’). The term was also used figuratively for moral or spiritual corrosion in which sense it may also have been applied as a nickname. English and Scottish: sometimes from a shortened form of Russett .

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

Similar surnames: Russ, Brust, Rast, Rush, Rost, Dust, Lust, Rutt, Pust, Trust

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Where is the Rust family from?

You can see how Rust families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rust family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rust families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 49 Rust families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Rust's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Rust families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rust surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rust ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Rust. 53% of Rust men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Rust women worked as a Housewife. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Border Maker

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name Rust. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rust 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Rust. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Rust. For the veterans among your Rust ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rust lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Rust life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Rust in 1950 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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