Roath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Roath family

The surname Roath was first found in Kent at Wrotham, a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Malling, hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford. "This place, which is of remote antiquity, was probably a town of the Britons, various discoveries having been made of British coins, and of fragments of brass armour and military weapons. Other circumstances lead to the conclusion that it was afterwards a Roman station: the military way from Oldborough to Stane-street passed through it." [1]

Another source notes that "Wroth is at present a Kingsbridge [(Devon)] name. " [2]

Both are very rare, but the Roth variant is more numerous. In this case, the name was for "the red-haired or ruddy-complexioned man; one who came from Roth (red.) " [3]

William de Wrotham (d. 1217), was an English judge, "the grandson of Geoffrey de Wrotham of Baddenville, near Wrotham in Kent, a domestic servant of several archbishops of Canterbury, including Hubert Walter, who gave him lands near Wrotham, Kent. By his wife, Maud de Cornhill, Geoffrey was father of William de Wrotham (d. 1208?), who was sheriff of Devonshire in 1198, acted as justiciar in the reigns of Richard I and John, and married Muriel de Lydd. As he survived until about 1208, it is difficult to distinguish him from his son, but apparently it was the son who was custos of the stanneries of Devonshire and Cornwall from 1199 to 1213 " [4]

Early History of the Roath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roath research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1603, 1613, 1619, 1645, 1587, 1651, 1516, 1573, 1540, 1606, 1671, 1576, 1642, 1639, 1573, 1650, 1618, 1629, 1630, 1641, 1642, 1642, 1550, 1622, 1541, 1558, 1661 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Roath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roath Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wroth, Wrothe, Roth, Rothe, Rotham, Roothem, Rootham, Wrothem and many more.

Early Notables of the Roath family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Lady Mary Wroth (1587-1651), an English poet, best known for having written "The Countesse of Mountgomeries Urania"; Sir Thomas Wroth (1516-1573), an English courtier and politician, a supporter of the Protestant Reformation; Sir Robert Wroth (1540?-1606), an English...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Roath family to Ireland

Some of the Roath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 209 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Roath migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Roath, who landed in Arkansas in 1884 [5]

New Zealand Roath migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Roath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Roath, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Roath (post 1700) +

  • Asa Roath, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1821 [6]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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