Early Origins of the Roath family
The surname Roath was first found in Salop where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Wroth who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Roath family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roath research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1603, 1st., 1613, 1619, 1645, 1587, 1651, 1516, 1573, 1540, 1606, 1671, 1576, 1642 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Roath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Roath 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.
Migration of the Roath family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html