Type Surname (from nickname & from given name)
Other Forms FormsRutt
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Meaning & History
English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. Not related to the given name in this case.Swiss German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hrod ‘renown’ (see Rode). Surname is most common in Pennsylvania in the US.