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The surname Roth 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, [1] 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wroth, Wrothe, Roth, Rothe, Rotham, Roothem, Rootham, Wrothem and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roth 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 Roth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gunnar Olufson Roth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1649

Roth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Engelbert Roth, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johann Roth, who sailed to Carolina and/or Pennsylvania in 1709
  • David Roth, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1720
  • David Roth, who landed in America in 1720
  • Georg Roth moved to Georgia in 1733


Roth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Johann Roth who settled in Philadelphia with his family in 1803
  • Franz Ludwig Roth, who landed in North America in 1837
  • Fredrick Roth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Adam Roth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Carl Roth, aged 37, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845


Roth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Johann Roth, aged 21, landed in America in 1901
  • Albert Roth, who landed in Wisconsin in 1920

Roth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Georg Roth settled in Canada in 1783

Roth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Roth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • William F. Roth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • Robert Roth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • Marie Roth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • William James Roth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873


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  • Eric Roth, American Academy Award winning writer, producer and actor, know for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Forrest Gump (1994) and Munich (2005)
  • Eli Raphael Roth (b. 1972), American multiple award winning producer, actor and writer
  • Arthur C. Roth, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Plauen, 1914
  • Arnold Roth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • Almon E. Roth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1936
  • Mrs. Allen Roth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1944
  • Adam A. Roth, American Republican politician, Mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, 1935-37; Defeated, 1937, 1937; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1944
  • A. Roth, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1952
  • Billie D. Roth, American politician, Village President of Streamwood, Illinois, 2005-09
  • Bob Roth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2004

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  • Patrimony: a True Story by Philip Roth.
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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Roth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roth 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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