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Early Origins of the Ruck family

The surname Ruck was first found in Hessen, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. In their later history the branches became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. Chronicles first mention Betz Ruecker of Schweinfurt in 1388 and Peschklle Ruecker of Glatz in 1343. The variation Rueckert is the more recent, and Rueckhardt first appears in the 16th century.

Early History of the Ruck family

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Ruck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rucker, Ruecker, Ruckers (northern Germany), Ruckert (Franconia, Silesia), Rueckert, Rueckhardt, Ruckhardt, Rueckhart, Ruckhart, Ruckers, Rueckers, Rukker, Rucker, Ruck, Rucke and many more.

Early Notables of the Ruck family

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Ruck were

  • Hans Ruckers (1550-1667), who was the founder of a family of harpsichord makers...

Ruck Ranking

In the United States, the name Ruck is the 16,749th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Ruck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Ruck, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1640 2
  • Samuel Ruck, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657 2
  • John Ruck, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1665 2
Ruck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Georg Ruck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 2
  • Johann Gorg Ruck, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732
  • Jacob Ruck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746 2
  • Joh Wilhelm Ruck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 2
  • Georg Friederich Ruck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1769 2
Ruck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Ruck, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 2
  • Konrad Ruck, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1848 2

Australia Ruck migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ruck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Ruck migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ruck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Ruck, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Ruck (post 1700) +

  • Alan Ruck (b. 1956), American film, stage and television actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and more recently as his role as Connor Roy in Succession
  • Carl A. P. Ruck (b. 1935), American professor in the Classical Studies department at Boston University
  • Carl Ruck (1912-1980), German silver medalist field hockey player at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • James Ruck, English designer of the Ruck machine gun post or Ruck pillbox, a hardened field fortification used in Britain during the invasion crisis of 1940–1941, by September 1940, over 4,000 post had been built
  • Wolfgang Ruck (1946-1968), Canadian sprint canoer at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Julian Ruck (b. 1956), Welsh author
  • Sian Elizabeth Ansley Ruck (b. 1983), New Zealand international cricketer
  • Amy Roberta "Berta" Ruck (1878-1978), India-born, Welsh romantic novelist, writing almost eighty novels
  • Calvin Woodrow Ruck CM (1925-2004), Canadian anti-racism activist and a Senator from Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • John Ruck Keene (1917-2014), British chemist, CEO and Secretary General of the Royal Society of Chemistry

HMS Royal Oak
  • Winston Stanley Ruck (1916-1939), British Cook (S) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 5

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  5. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook