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Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Rooth was recognized on the island as a name for a happy or cheerful person. The surname Rooth was originally derived from the Old English word rot, which meant glad or pleased.

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The surname Rooth 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.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Root, Rouet, Rout, Roots, Roote, Rootes and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rooth research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Rooth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Rooth or a variant listed above:

Rooth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Rooth, aged 23, who landed in America from Bremen, in 1901
  • Georges Rooth, aged 37, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Ellen Rooth, aged 30, who settled in America from Cappamore, in 1905

Rooth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Rooth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
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  • Dr James Augustus Rooth (1868-1962), British colonel of the Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Ivar Rooth (1888-1972), International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s second Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Maria Rooth (b. 1979), Swedish ice hockey player
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    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Rooth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rooth 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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