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Multiple Origins for the Surname Roth



The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Roth family. Nickname surnames, such as Roth, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The family name Roth is a name for a person associated with the color red. The name comes from the Old German word "rot," meaning "red," and could have indicated that its bearer had red hair or a red beard, lived in a red house, or often dressed in red clothes.

Roth Early Origins



The surname Roth was first found in Bavaria, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention the brothers Jeckel and Tilke Rote of Breslau in 1350, and Merklin der Rotter of Esslingen in 1307. Literally the name meant "red-haired" or "red-bearded," thus the oldest variation was possibly "Rothbart."

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Roth Spelling Variations


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Roth Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Roth include Rothe, Rote, Rot, Roth (southern Germany), Roter, Rother (Silesia), Rothe, Rothbart and many more.

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Roth Early History


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Roth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roth research. Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1288, 1300, 1704, 1552, 1360, 1434, 1620, 1668, 1653 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Roth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Roth in this period include Johannes Rothe (1360-1434), a Thuringian priest who wrote instructional works on chivalry and heraldry and a history...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roth 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



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Roth surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

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

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

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roth (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 51 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Roth Historic Events


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Roth Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Sarah A. Roth, aged 26, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C

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Suggested Readings for the name Roth


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Suggested Readings for the name Roth



  • Patrimony: a True Story by Philip Roth.

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Roth Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

    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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