Routt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Routt is derived from the Old English root "rud-," a component in the words "rudig," which means "ruddy," and "ruddoc," which means "red-breast." The surname was originally a nickname for a ruddy complexioned or red-haired person, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore the color red. The surname Routt may also be a local name derived from residence "at the rood;" that is, residence near a crossroads.
Early Origins of the Routt family
The surname Routt was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times; some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Routt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Routt research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Routt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Routt Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Routt have included Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.
Early Notables of the Routt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Routt family to Ireland
Some of the Routt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Routt family
The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Routt: John and Abraham Rudd, who settled in Virginia in 1698; Elizabeth Rudd settled in Delaware in 1682; Amos, Isaac, Michael, Richard, Thomas and William Rudd all arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1850..
Contemporary Notables of the name Routt (post 1700) +
- W. R. Routt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896 
- John Long Routt (1826-1907), American Republican politician, Governor of Colorado Territory, 1875-76; Governor of Colorado, 1876-79, 1891-93; Mayor of Denver, Colorado, 1883-85 
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