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Rus Surname Meaning

Czech Slovak and Romanian (of Slavic origin): ethnic name for a Russian ultimately derived from an Old Norse term meaning ‘oarsman rower’ (from the root roths-) a reference to the fact that the Russian state was established by Scandinavians who rowed their ships up rivers inland from the Baltic sea. In some cases this may also be origin of the Slovenian and Croatian surname (see 3 below). Czech: descriptive nickname from the adjective rusý ‘blond’. Slovenian and Croatian: nickname for a red-haired man from rus ‘brownish red’. Compare Ros 6 and Russ 6 see also 1 above. Spanish (mainly Jaén): habitational name from a place called Rus in Jaén based on Latin rus ‘countryside; village’.

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


Similar surnames: Ros, Brus, Russ, Prus, Kus, Rys, Ruse, Rust, Ras, Ruhs

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Where is the Rus family from?

You can see how Rus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rus families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 221 Rus families living in Glamorgan. This was about 49% of all the recorded Rus's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Rus families in 1891.
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What did your Rus ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Coal Hewer Below Ground and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rus. 43% of Rus men worked as a Coal Hewer Below Ground and 84% of Rus women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rus were Coal Hewer and At School. .

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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

  • Coal Hewer Below Ground
    43%
  • Grocers Assistant
    29%
  • Coal Hewer
    29%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    84%
  • Private Means
    6%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    6%
  • At School
    4%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Rus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rus 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Rus. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Rus. For the veterans among your Rus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rus lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Rus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Rus in 1960 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

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