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CARRUTHERS Family HistoryThis interesting name, with variant spellings Carrothers, Carrodus, Carradice, Cardus, Crothers, Cruddace and Crowdace, is of Scottish territorial origin from the lands of Carruthers in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire. The placename, recorded as "Caer Ruther" circa 1300, derives from the British "ker", a fort, plus an ancient personal name composed of elements meaning "red", and "king". British, in this case, refers to the extinct Celtic language of the ancient Britons, and the personal name in question is believed to be that of King Rydderch or Roderc of Adamnan.
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