Ruston Family History

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Ruston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so named, for example in Norfolk, North Yorkshire, and East Yorkshire. The two villages of this name in Norfolk are recorded in Domesday Book as Ristuna, and are from Old English hris ‘brushwood’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; Ruston Parva in East Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Roreston, is named from the genitive case of the Old Norse byname Hrór meaning ‘vigorous’ + Old English tun. Ruston in North Yorkshire is Rostune in Domesday Book, apparently from Old English hrost ‘roost’, ‘roof’ + tun, referring to a building with an unusual roof.

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

Similar surnames: Muston, Roston, Rushton, Buxton, Alston, Duston, Luton, Murton, Auton

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Ruston Family Origin

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Ruston Family Occupations

What did your Ruston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ruston occupation in Canada was Farmer. 38% of Ruston's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ruston family was F Son. Farmer, Going To School and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruston.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Blacksmith

  • F Son


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Ruston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Ruston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruston 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruston. 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 Ruston. For the veterans among your Ruston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruston Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruston lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Ruston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Ruston in 1961 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruston 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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