Ruff Family History

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Ruff Name Meaning

English: variant of Rolfe. German: variant spelling of Ruf. EG

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

Similar surnames: Roff, Buff, Muff, Raff, Rufe, Tuff, Riff, Cuff, Luff, Ruef

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Ruff Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ruff name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Ruff Family Origin

Where is the Ruff family from?

Ruff Family Occupations

What did your Ruff ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ruff. A less common occupation for the Ruff family was Carpenter. The most common Ruff occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 11% of Ruff's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter


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

Ruff Historical Records

What Ruff family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Ruff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ruff 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ruff. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Ruff. For the veterans among your Ruff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ruff Life Expectancy

What is the average Ruff lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ruff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ruff in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ruff 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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