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Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Roots was first found in Britina. It was a name for a happy or cheerful person. The surname Roots was originally derived from the Old English word rot, which meant glad or pleased.

Roots Early Origins



The surname Roots 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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Roots Spelling Variations


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Roots Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Roots are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Roots include Root, Rouet, Rout, Roots, Roote, Rootes and others.

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Roots Early History


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Roots Early History



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

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Roots Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roots Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Roots, or a variant listed above:

Roots Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Roots, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Josiah Roots, who landed in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1667

Roots Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bastian Roots, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johannes Roots, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Roots Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Roots, who landed in America in 1807

Roots Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Roots, aged 24, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1905
  • Ernest Arthur W. Roots, aged 25, who landed in America from Snodland, England, in 1908
  • Ruth Matilda Roots, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Daisy Amelia Roots, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Snodland, England, in 1908
  • Thomas William Roots, aged 37, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roots Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Roots, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

Roots Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Roots, aged 40, a gardener, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mary Roots, aged 36, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Joseph B. Roots, aged 4, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Thomas Roots arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary Roots arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roots (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roots (post 1700)



  • Logan Holt Roots (1841-1893), American soldier and politician, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas (1868-1971)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Roots Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roots 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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