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Where did the Scottish Ruthen family come from? What is the Scottish Ruthen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ruthen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ruthen family history?

The Ruthen surname is a Scottish habitation name. That is, the surname is derived from a place name. Some suggest the name is derived from the lands in Perthshire long held by this family.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ruthven, Ruthen, Ruthin, Wruthven, Wruthen, Rutheven, Rotheven, Rothveyn and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. This noble Scottish family claims to trace its ancestry to Thor, the Scandinavian, who settled in Scotland in the reign of David I (12th C.). It is thought that they held the Barony of Ruthven in Angus about 1050, and then branched into Perthshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruthen research. Another 453 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1528, 1488, 1582, 1600, 1641, 1673, 1651, 1838, 1921, 1919, 1528, 1552, 1520, 1566, 1541, 1584, 1577, 1600, 1600, 1671, 1701, 1816 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Ruthen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 301 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruthen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruthen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Ambrose Ruthen, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

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The Ruthen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruthen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 November 2013 at 13:10.

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