Rout History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rout is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Rout was a Norman name used for a happy or cheerful person. The surname Rout was originally derived from the Old English word rot, which meant glad or pleased.

Early Origins of the Rout family

The surname Rout 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.

Early History of the Rout family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rout research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Rout History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rout Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Root, Rouet, Rout, Roots, Roote, Rootes and others.

Early Notables of the Rout family (pre 1700)

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United States Rout migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Rout name or one of its variants:

Rout Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Rout, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
Rout Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Rout, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • James Rout, who landed in Maryland in 1844 [1]
  • Phillip Rout, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]

New Zealand Rout migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rout Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Rout, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mr. Rout, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 21st May 1841 [2]
  • Miss Martha Rout, (b. 1826), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ralph Bernal" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand via Nelson on 21st January 1848 [3]
  • Miss Mary Rout, (b. 1831), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ralph Bernal" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand via Nelson on 21st January 1848 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Rout, (b. 1833), aged 15, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ralph Bernal" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand via Nelson on 21st January 1848 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rout (post 1700) +

  • Joanne Elizabeth Rout (b. 1975), née Round, retired British Paralympic swimmer; she won two gold and three silver medals and is the youngest British Gold Medal winning Paralympian
  • Jachindra Rout (b. 1965), Oriya poet and translator
  • Padmini Rout (b. 1994), Indian chess player, International Master and Woman Grandmaster; she won the World under-14 girls' championship in 2008 and later the Indian women's championship (2014 and 2015), awarded the Ekalavya Award by Odisha Government in 2009
  • Jyoti Rout (b. 1965), Indian classical dancer, teacher and choreographer of Odissi dancing style
  • Alexandra "Allie" Rout (b. 1993), New Zealand six-time New Zealand national champion figure skater (2008-2010, 2015-2017)
  • Ettie Annie Rout (1877-1936), Tasmanian-born New Zealand war hero among the French in Paris and the Somme during World War I


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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