Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English
rote ‘glad’ (Old English rōt).
- 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.
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