Rush Family History

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Rush Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived among rushes, from Middle English rush (a collective singular, Old English rysc), or perhaps an occupational name for someone who wove mats, baskets, and other articles out of rushes. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis ‘descendant of Ros’, a personal name perhaps derived from ros ‘wood’. In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra (see Loughrey). Irish: Anglicized form (translation) of Gaelic Ó Fuada, ‘descendant of Fuada’ a personal name meaning ‘hasty’, ‘rushing’ (see Foody). KaM Altered spelling of German Rüsch or Rusch (see Rusch) or Rosch. EG

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

Similar surnames: Brush, Russ, Bush, Rust, Rusch, Ruth, Rosh, Rish, Rusk, Rash

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Rush Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rush name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rush. 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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Rush Family Origin

Where is the Rush family from?

Rush Family Occupations

What did your Rush ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rush family was Annuitant. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rush. The most common Rush occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Rush's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Rush Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 239,000 census records available for the last name Rush. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rush 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Rush. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Rush. For the veterans among your Rush ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rush Life Expectancy

What is the average Rush lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rush life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rush in 1940 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rush 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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