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The surname Rothe 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 Rothe 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 Rothe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rothe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rothe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Barthell Rothe, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
  • Henri Rothe, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
  • Johan August Rothe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1798

Rothe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Rothe, aged 38, landed in America in 1839
  • Rodalie Rothe, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Ernst Rothe moved to Texas in 1850
  • Gottlieb Rothe, aged 32, landed in Texas in 1854
  • John C Rothe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1859


Rothe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Rothe, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"

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  • Nicholas J. Rothe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1941; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1952
  • Ernst H. Rothe, American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Hamilton County; Elected 1897
  • Richard Rothe (1799-1867), German Lutheran theologian born in Posen
  • Mechtild Rothe (b. 1947), German politician
  • Bendt Rothe (1921-1989), Danish actor
  • Hans Rothe (1894-1978), who worked for Max Reinhardt at the Deutches Theater in Berlin and later wrote plays. He spent 40 years translating Shakespeare into German


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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. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Rothe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rothe 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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