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Rue Surname Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived beside a road track or pathway Old French rue (from Latin ruga ‘crease fold’). Shortened form of American French Larue 2 itself an altered form of French Leroux . English: from Middle English rew (Old English rāw) ‘row’. The surname may be topographic signifying someone who lived by a hedgerow or in a row of houses in a street or habitational from a place so named such as Rewe (Devon) Rew Farm in Rockbeare (Devon) and Rew in Malborough (Devon). See also Rawe 1 and Rowe . Norwegian: habitational name from any of over fifteen farmsteads so named notably in Telemark from Old Norse ruth ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Rye, Brue, Roe, Rua, Ree, Re, Gue, Rule, Aue, Due

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Where is the Rue family from?

You can see how Rue families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rue family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rue families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 27 Rue families living in Leicestershire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Rue's in United Kingdom. Leicestershire had the highest population of Rue families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rue surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rue ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rue. 34% of Rue men worked as a Builders Labourer and 78% of Rue women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rue were Old Age Pensioner and 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 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • Student
  • Old Age Pensioner

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Service
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 111,000 census records available for the last name Rue. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rue 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Rue. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Rue. For the veterans among your Rue ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rue lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Rue life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rue in 1950 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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