Recorded in many forms including: Roath, Roth, Rote, Rotte, Routh, Rout, Rought, Wreath, Wraith, Wrate, Wrates, Wroth, Wroath, Wraught, Wrought, Wrout and possibly others, this is a surname of English origins. Derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "wrath", meaning angry or fierce, it was a nickname either for somebody with a fierce temper, or more probably given the robust humour of the medieval period, the reverse, in fact a quiet person. It is is an example of a sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, and sometimes supposed resemblance to an animal or birds in appearance or disposition. It has been claimed that originally the surname as Wraith was usually found in Northern England, although the spellings as Wroth, Wroath, Wrout, and Wrought are generally from the south of the country. Recordings of the surname from early church registers include; Anne Rote, christened at St Michael Bassishaw, city of London, on July 10th 1549, Ales Wrate who married John Harte at Tottenham, on November 27th 1559, Thomas Wrath, appears in the Friary Rolls of Yorkshire in 1587, Mary Rought, who married Richard Harvey at StJames Westminster, on March 16th 1823. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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