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

This old, proud name is a patronymic name created from the Welsh personal name Rhydderc, Riderch, or Roderick, all of which mean "reddish-brown." The surname Rothery features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap-," which means "son of." The original form of the name was ap-Rhydderc, or ap-Riderch, but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.


Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Rothery has occasionally been spelled Protheroe, Prytherch, Prothers, Rhydderch and others.

First found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rothery research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rothery History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Rothery:

Rothery Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Rothery, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Rothery Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John C Rothery, who landed in New York in 1790


  • Steve Rothery (b. 1959), English guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Marillion
  • Gavin Marc Rothery (b. 1987), English footballer
  • Teryl Rothery (b. 1962), Canadian actress from Vancouver, British Columbia, best known for her role as Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG-1
  • James William Rothery (1877-1919), English first-class cricketer, who played 150 matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club (1903-1910)
  • Casey Anne Rothery (b. 1993), English child actress who played Lucy Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from the age of three to ten years old
  • William Rothery (1775-1864), English Chief of the Office of the King's proctor in Doctors' Commons
  • Henry Cadogan Rothery (1817-1888), English lawyer and commissioner of wrecks
  • Alan Rothery (b. 1983), Australian rugby league player


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.


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  2. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  11. ...

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