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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : variant of Rube 1, 2.
  • German : metonymic occupational name from a diminutive of Middle High German ruobe (Latin rapum) ‘turnip’, ‘beet’, ‘oilseed rape’, grown for use as a fodder crop or in the case of rape for the oil obtained from its seeds.
  • German : nickname for a big man, from a Slavic stem (Old Sorbian gruby, Czech hrubý ‘big’).
  • German : nickname from a Germanized form of Slavic vrobl ‘sparrow’. Compare Wrobel.

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