Root Family History
Root Name Meaning
English: perhaps a nickname for a cheerful person from an unrecorded Middle English rote (Old English rōt) ‘glad cheerful’. 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 . English: perhaps a habitational name from Wroot (Lincolnshire) from Old English wrōt ‘snout spur of land’. 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. German: variant of Roth and in North America possibly also an altered form of this. Americanized form (translation into English) of French Racine .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press