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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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Where is the Root family from?

You can see how Root families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Root family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Root families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 340 Root families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Root's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Root families in 1840.
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What did your Root ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Root. 14% of Root men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Root women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Root were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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