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Roth Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red hair from Middle High German rōt German rot ‘red’. As a Jewish name it is at least in part artificial: its frequency as a Jewish surname is disproportionate to the number of Jews who one may reasonably assume were red-headed during the period of surname adoption. This form of the German surname (especially in this sense and in the sense 2 below) is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) where it is most common and in some other European countries e.g. Czechia and Croatia. German and English (Middlesex): topographic name for someone who lived on land that had been cleared from Old High German rod Middle English roth(e) (Old English roth) ‘clearing’. In England the name may also be a habitational name from any of the places like Rothend in Ashdon (Essex) Roe End in Markyate (Hertfordshire) Roe Green in Hatfield (Hertfordshire) or Roe Green in Sandon (Hertfordshire). German: from a short form of any of various ancient Germanic personal names with the first element hrōd ‘renown’. Compare Rode 1 Ross German: habitational name from any of numerous places so named. See also Rott . German (Röth): habitational name from any of several places so named in Schleswig-Holstein Baden-Württemberg.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rath, Koth, Ruth, Roch, Noth, Toth, Rock, Voth, Rosh, Roeth

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You can see how Roth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roth family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roth families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 131 Roth families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Roth's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Roth families in 1840.
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What did your Roth ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Roth. 10% of Roth men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Roth women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roth were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Roth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Roth in 1940 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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