Ruth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ruth family

The surname Ruth was first found in Morayshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Routh is a parish, in the union of Beverley, N. division of the wapentake of Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire. [1]

Early History of the Ruth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruth research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1485, 1603, 1695, 1768, 1710, 1694, 1716, 1733 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Ruth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ruth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Randolph, Randolf and others.

Early Notables of the Ruth family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ruth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ruth family to Ireland

Some of the Ruth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ruth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Vincent Ruth, who landed in Massachusetts in 1645 [2]
  • Ann Ruth, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [2]
Ruth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Kristiaan Ruth, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Michael Ruth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Peter Ruth, who arrived in America in 1733 [2]
  • Christian Ruth, aged 35, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
  • Hans Ruth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ruth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nikolaus Ruth, who landed in Brazil in 1828 [2]
  • Ludwig Ruth, aged 33, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848 [2]
  • Margaretha Ruth, aged 1, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1848 [2]
  • Barbara Ruth, aged 33, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848 [2]
  • Heinrich Ruth, who arrived in North America in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ruth migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Ruth, aged 7 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Albion" departing 19th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. John Ruth, aged 44 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Albion" departing 19th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Miss. Margaret Ruth, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Albion" departing 19th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but she died on board [3]

Australia Ruth migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ruth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Ruth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [4]

New Zealand Ruth 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:

Ruth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ellen Ruth, (b. 1842), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ruth (post 1700) +

  • Alfred S. Ruth (1865-1915), American politician, Member of the Washington State Senate (1901-1903) and (1903-1913)
  • Thomas Del Ruth (b. 1942), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning cinematographer, best known for his work on The West Wing (1999), Stand by Me (1986) and The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Roy Del Ruth (1893-1961), American film director, best known for his work on Topper Returns (1941), Ziegfeld Follies (1945) and It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
  • Kristin Ruth, American jurist, a former state district court judge in North Carolina
  • Earl B. Ruth (1916-1989), American politician, three-term U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 48th Governor of American Samoa (1975-1976)
  • George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (1895-1948), nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat," the famous American Major League Baseball player, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time
  • Frank W. Ruth (d. 1968), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 11th District, 1935-60 [6]
  • Earl Baker Ruth (1916-1989), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1969-75; Governor of American Samoa, 1975-76 [6]
  • Carol Ruth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2008 [6]
  • Becky Ruth, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 114th District, 2012 [6]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Ray A Ruth (b. 1961), American Specialist 4th Class from Walterboro, South Carolina, USA who died in the crash [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Ruth +

  • 2160 "Family History of the Warren, Stone, Dayton, Routh, Wurster, Daggett, and Young Families" by Candy Daggett Young, "The Routh (also Ruth) Family in America" by Ross Holland Routh, "The Rouths (also Ruth) of Randolph County, N.C." by Lawrence W. Routh.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 94)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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