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Where did the English Rothe family come from? What is the English Rothe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rothe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rothe family history?


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

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.


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.


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


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"


  • 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
  • Bendt Rothe (1921-1989), Danish actor
  • Mechtild Rothe (b. 1947), German politician
  • Richard Rothe (1799-1867), German Lutheran theologian born in Posen


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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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. 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).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. 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).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

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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