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 Family Origin

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Root Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    12%
  • Laundress

    3%
  • Carman

    3%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Laundress and Carman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Root. A less common occupation for the Root family was Carpenter. The most common Root occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 12% of Root's were Agricultural Labourers.

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Between 1942 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Root

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