Robnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Robnett. It is derived from the personal name Robert, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright.

Early Origins of the Robnett family

The surname Robnett was first found in Stirlingshire, but we must look to Aberdeen to find one of the more interesting entries, that of Beatriux and Issobell Robie (Robye) who were listed as witches in 1597 which was not that unusual of the religious conflicts of that time. [1]

Important Dates for the Robnett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robnett research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1551, 1554, 1646, 1688, 1753, 1709, 1713, 1740 and are included under the topic Early Robnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Robnett Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Robnett has appeared as Robb, Robbie, Roby, Robe, MacRobbie, MacRobb and others.

Early Notables of the Robnett family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was James Robe (1688-1753), Scottish Presbyterian divine, son of Michael Robe, minister of Cumbernauld. He studied at Glasgow University, and was licensed by the presbytery of Linlithgow in 1709. In 1713...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Robnett family to Ireland

Some of the Robnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Robnett family

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Alexander Robb arrived in New York State in 1804; James Robb arrived in South Carolina in 1716; Thomas Robb settled in Virginia in 1635; Alexander, James, John, Michael, Thomas and William Robb all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.

Contemporary Notables of the name Robnett (post 1700)

  • Mrs. Pat Robnett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1956, 1960

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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