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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.

Root Early Origins



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.

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Root Spelling Variations


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Root Spelling Variations



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.

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Root Early History


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Root Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Root Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Root Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Root Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Charles Root arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLATINA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Platina.htm

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Root (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Root (post 1700)



  • William Walter Root (b. 1837), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1884
  • William Albert Root (b. 1850), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1917; Member of Vermont State Senate from Bennington County, 1919, 1923;
  • William H. Root, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1920
  • William Root, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida and Oswego counties, 1820-21
  • William A. Root, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944, 1952, 1956
  • Wayne Allyn Root (b. 1961), American Libertarian politician, sports reporter, radio and television host and anchorman, Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2008
  • W. E. Root, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 44th District, 1941-44
  • Warren L. Root, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Outagamie County 1st District; Elected 1902
  • Samuel Root, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Essex County, 1868-69
  • Shirley C. Root, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972
  • ... (Another 81 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Root Historic Events


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Root Historic Events




Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Hanne Maria Root (1962-1988), Canadian Management Consultant from Toronto, Canada, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Suggested Readings for the name Root


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Suggested Readings for the name Root



  • 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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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLATINA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Platina.htm

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

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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