Root Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Rook, Boot, Roos, Rock, Rout, Rost, Moot, Look, Booth, Rood

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Root Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Root. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Root Family Origin

Where is the Root family from?

Root Family Occupations

What did your Root ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Root. The most common Root occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Root's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Root family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Root Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 152,000 census records available for the last name Root. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Root census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Root. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Root. For the veterans among your Root ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Root Life Expectancy

What is the average Root lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Root life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Root in 1942 was 30, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Root ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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