Caruth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the name Caruth are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Caruth was originally found in the land of Carruthers in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire. Interestingly in that area, then name is pronounced "Cridders." 
Early Origins of the Caruth family
The surname Caruth was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where by the 12th century the family had become hereditary Stewards of the Annandale district of the border allied to the Bruces and the Stewarts. One of the first records of the name was Simon Carruthers who swore an oath of allegiance to Edward I in 1296. A few years later, John de Carutherys received a charter of the lands of Musfald and Appliltrewayt in 1320. 
Early History of the Caruth family
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Caruth Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Caruth has appeared as Carruthers, Carothers, Carouthers, Carrothers, Carruther, Carruthirs, Carruthers, Carrutherys, Cridders, Gridders and many more.
Early Notables of the Caruth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caruth family to Ireland
Some of the Caruth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caruth migration to the United States +
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Caruth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alex Caruth, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856 
Contemporary Notables of the name Caruth (post 1700) +
- Donald T. Caruth (1950-2010), American politician, Minority Leader of the West Virginia Senate (2004-2010)
- Cathy Caruth (b. 1955), American Class of 1916 Professor of English at Cornell University
- Asher Graham Caruth (1844-1907), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1887-1895
- David W. Caruth, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1888 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization)
- Peter Caruth (b. 1988), Ireland men's field hockey international player
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The Caruth Motto +
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: Promptus et fidelis
Motto Translation: Ready and faithful.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)