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Root Family History

Root Name Meaning
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rot).English: metonymic occupational name for a player on the rote, an early medieval stringed instrument (Middle English, Old French rote, of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth).Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a retting place (Dutch root, a derivative of ro(o)ten ‘to ret’, akin to modern English rot), a place where flax is soaked in tubs of water until the stems rot to release the linen fibers.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Root Families

  • Number of Root families
     269 - 536
     90 - 268
     1 - 89
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Root families
     187 - 371
     63 - 186
     1 - 62
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Root last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Root Family Origin

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Root Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Root

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Root Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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