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Ruthven Surname Origin
From the lands and barony of Ruthven, in Perthshire, Scotland; a river of the same name; 'Ruithabhainn,' i. e., the rushing or swift stream.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Ruthven Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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