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Origin and popularity of the name ROOT

Origin

Root : 1: English: perhaps a nickname for a cheerful person from an unrecorded Middle English rote (Old English rōt) ‘glad cheerful’.2: English: from Middle English rote route rotte ‘rote’ (of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth) perhaps used for a player of the medieval stringed instrument a kind of harp or fiddle. Compare Rutter.3: English: perhaps a habitational name from Wroot (Lincolnshire) from Old English wrōt ‘snout spur of land’.4: Dutch (also Op 't Root): 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 water until the stems rot to release the linen fibers.5: German: variant of Roth and in North America possibly also an altered form of this.6: Americanized form (translation into English) of French Racine.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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Geographic distribution of the 38,541 individuals with the name ROOT on Geneanet.

 

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    wbuchanan
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    (835 individuals)
    tdowling
    (592 individuals)
    rhaack
    (400 individuals)

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    Variants of name ROOT

    ROOD ROODT ROOTE ROOTH ROOTES ROOTS RODT