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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 10/3/2013
Either (i) "player of the rote (a medieval stringed instrument played by plucking)"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a dishonest or untrustworthy person (from Old French routier "robber, mugger"). A known bearer is British composer and conductor John Rutter (1945-).