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

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Rooth was recognized on the island as a name for a happy or cheerful person. The surname Rooth was originally derived from the Old English word rot, which meant glad or pleased.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Root, Rouet, Rout, Roots, Roote, Rootes and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rooth research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Rooth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Rooth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Rooth or a variant listed above:

Rooth Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna Rooth, aged 23, who landed in America from Bremen, in 1901
  • Georges Rooth, aged 37, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Ellen Rooth, aged 30, who settled in America from Cappamore, in 1905

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  • Maria Rooth (b. 1979), Swedish ice hockey player
  • Ivar Rooth (1888-1972), International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s second Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Dr James Augustus Rooth (1868-1962), British colonel of the Royal Army Medical Corps


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The Rooth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rooth 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.

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