Rutherford

First Name
660
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
28k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Rutherford

"Rutherford" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the cattle ford". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. British physicist (born in New Zealand) who discovered the atomic nucleus and proposed a nuclear model of the atom (1871-1937)
  2. British chemist who isolated nitrogen (1749-1819)
  3. A unit strength of a radioactive source equal to one million disintegrations per second
Wiktionary

After Ernest Rutherford.

  1. An obsolete unit of radioactivity (symbol: rd), defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one million nuclei decay per second.

rutherford was also found in the following language(s): Polish

Notable Persons With the Name Rutherford

Rutherford B. Hayes was a 19th President of the United States. His military service ended in 1865. Rutherford was given the name Rutherford Birchard Hayes on October 4th, 1822 in Delaware, Ohio. He died on January 17th, 1893.

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Rutherford Aris was a notable individual in the fields of control theory, chemical reactor, mathematical model, and catalysis. Rutherford was born on September 15th, 1929 in England. He left this life on November 2nd, 2005.

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Rutherford Platt Hayes was a famed person. Rutherford was born on June 24th, 1858. He left this life on July 31st, 1927.

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Rutherford Decker was a leading human. Rutherford was born on May 17th, 1904. He passed away in 1974.

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Rutherford George Montgomery was a notable human. Rutherford was born on April 12th, 1894. Rutherford is also known as Avery, A.A. (pseud.); Avery, Al (pseud.); Elder, Art (pseud.); Marshall, E.P. (pseud.); Proctor, and Everitt (pseud.). He passed away on July 3rd, 1985.

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Rutherford Cravens is a film, television, theatre, tv, and stageactor.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rutherford

Dame Margaret Rutherford was an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1925. Dame was given the name Margaret Taylor Rutherford on May 11th, 1892 in Balham, London, England. She breathed her last breath on May 22nd, 1972.

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Mike Rutherford is a progressive rock, art rock, pop rock, and soft rock musician. He plays Bass guitar, Guitar, Bass pedals, Cello, Electric sitar, Shergold, Rickenbacker, Steinberger, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1967. Mike was given the name Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford on October 2nd, 1950 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, U.K.

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Kelly Rutherford is an actress. She has been prominent since 1987. Kelly was given the name Kelly Rutherford Deane on November 6th, 1968 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.

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Greg Rutherford is an athlete. Greg was born on November 17th, 1986 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.

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Ann Rutherford was an actress. Her career lasted from 1935 to 1976. Ann was given the name Therese Ann Rutherford on November 2nd, 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She died on June 11th, 2012.

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Jesse James Rutherford is an actor and singer. They have been prominent since 2002. Jesse was born on August 21st, 1991 in Newbury Park, California.

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How popular is the baby name Rutherford in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1881 6 0 6
1882 6 0 6
1883 5 0 5
1886 6 0 6
1897 7 0 7
1898 7 0 7
1905 9 0 9
1906 6 0 6
1909 5 0 5
1910 7 0 7
1911 7 0 7
1912 13 0 13
1913 13 0 13
1914 12 0 12
1915 19 0 19
1916 14 0 14
1917 21 0 21
1918 17 0 17
1919 16 0 16
1920 18 0 18
1921 25 0 25
1922 14 0 14
1923 13 0 13
1924 21 0 21
1925 14 0 14
1926 13 0 13
1927 13 0 13
1928 20 0 20
1929 7 0 7
1930 15 0 15
1931 11 0 11
1932 7 0 7
1933 11 0 11
1934 7 0 7
1935 14 0 14
1938 13 0 13
1939 6 0 6
1940 9 0 9
1941 12 0 12
1942 12 0 12
1944 8 0 8
1945 5 0 5
1946 9 0 9
1947 9 0 9
1948 7 0 7
1949 13 0 13
1950 7 0 7
1951 8 0 8
1952 6 0 6
1954 10 0 10
1955 8 0 8
1956 7 0 7
1957 6 0 6
1959 8 0 8
1961 5 0 5
1964 6 0 6
1965 5 0 5
1966 6 0 6
1970 6 0 6
1972 5 0 5
1977 7 0 7
1978 7 0 7
1990 7 0 7
2007 5 0 5
2012 5 0 5
2014 6 0 6

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Popularity of Rutherford as a last name

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Common last names for Rutherford

  • Hayes
  • Smith
  • Hays
  • Jones
  • Andrews
  • Johnson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rutherford U.S.
  White 82.13% 64.26%
  African American 11.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.16% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rutherford

People with the last name Rutherford are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Rutherford

  • How Popular is the name Rutherford? Rutherford is the 13,271st most popular name of all time. As a last name Rutherford was the 1,250th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rutherford have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 660 babies born with the first name Rutherford in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rutherford to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rutherford? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Rutherford first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rutherford is Tuesday, December 7th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Rutherford born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rutherford was in 1921 with a total of 25 babies.
  • Random Rutherford Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rutherford is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Rutherford: Your name in reverse order is Drofrehtur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fothruredr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rutherford? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,079 people with the last name Rutherford.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rutherford? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Rutherford as their last name.

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What does the name Rutherford mean?

Ris for rewards, from your hard work

Uis for unite, you bring people together.

Tis for treasure, of your friendship.

His for honor, your most valuable possession.

Eis for enrich, a quality you share.

Ris for romantic, hopelessly so

Fis for forgiving, of others and your own mistakes

Ois for observant, nothing gets by you!

Ris for relax, you know how!

Dis for discreet, you can keep a secret.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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