Ruddy Family History

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Ruddy Name Meaning

English: nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Middle English rudde, Old English rudig ‘red’, ‘ruddy’ (see Rudd 1).

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

Similar surnames: Rudd, Rudge, Rudy, Duddy, Budd, Ruddle, Rudi, Grundy, Mudd, Oddy

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Ruddy Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ruddy name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ruddy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


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Ruddy Family Origin

Where is the Ruddy family from?

Ruddy Family Occupations

What did your Ruddy ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ruddy occupation in the UK was Labourer. 13% of Ruddy's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Ruddy family was General Lab. Labourer, Farm Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruddy.

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  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • General Lab


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ruddy ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ruddy Historical Records

What Ruddy family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Ruddy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruddy 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruddy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Ruddy. For the veterans among your Ruddy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruddy Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruddy lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ruddy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ruddy in 1945 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ruddy

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruddy 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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