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The Root family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a happy or cheerful person. The surname Root was originally derived from the Old English word rot, which meant glad or pleased.
The surname Root was 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.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Root include Root, Rouet, Rout, Roots, Roote, Rootes and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Root research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Root History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Root Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Roots to arrive on North American shores:
Root Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Josia Root, who came to Salem in 1630
- Thomas, Richard, Mary, and Ralph Root, who all arrived in Boston in 1635
- Joshua Root, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
- Richard Root, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637
- Thomas Root, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
Root Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Dirk Root, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
- Margrita Root, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
- Daniel Root, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
Root Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Root, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Frederick Root, aged 11, landed in New York, NY in 1847
- Gustave Root, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Anna Root, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Anton Root, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1847
Root Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Titus Root, who arrived in Canada in 1836
- Henry Hawkins Root, who arrived in Canada in 1840
- Nehemiah Root, who arrived in Canada in 1840
Root Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Root, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Charles Root arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839
Root Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Root, aged 22, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Mary Ann Root, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Sarah Root, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- William Root, aged 17, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Leon Root (1929-2015), American orthopedic surgeon and author, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery, President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in 1988
- Bonnie Root (b. 1975), American actress
- Eleazer Root (1802-1887), American educator and Episcopalian priest
- Amos Ives Root (1839-1923), American who developed innovative beekeeping techniques in the United States during the mid-19th century
- Jane Root (b. 1957), American creative executive in the media industry
- Martha Louise Root (1872-1939), prominent traveling teacher of the Bahá'í Faith
- Charles Henry Root (1899-1970), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
- Stephen Root (b. 1951), American actor
- Elihu Root (1845-1937), American politician, U.S. Secretary of State (1905-1909), U.S. Senator from New York (1909-1915), awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912
- George Frederick Root (1820-1895), American composer
- Pioneers of Vernon, Oneida County, New York, and the Root Family by Ferne Kitson Patterson.
- The Root Family of Bolivar, New York by William A. Paquette.
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- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
The Root Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Root 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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