The name Ropson originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It is derived from the personal name Robert.
This name is composed of the old English elements hroth,
which means fame,
which means bright.
Although this Clan
had the early appearance of being English, the Robsons were one of the four principal Clans of the North Tyne area just south of the Scottish Border in the sixteenth century. Their progenitor was Robert, the second son of George Gunn, the Crowner of Scotland
. The Gunn Clan
territories were in northern Scotland
and they were of Norse origin together with their overlords, the Sinclairs.
Early Origins of the Ropson family
The surname Ropson was first found in Northumberland
, where the name was quite distinct from both Robinson and Robertson, although in early records of the Clan
the Robson name was frequently spelled Robison, literally Robi's son.
The name first appears soon after the death of George Gunn in the 15th century: Patrick Robson was recorded in 1436, Donald Robson in 1446 and Wyllie Robyson witnessed a feud in 1476. From this point the Clan flourished on both sides of the border, with the Chiefly branch on the Scottish side. It is not altogether surprising that with this Clan straddling the England- Scotland border a John and Edward Robison were charged with defrauding the king's customs in 1524. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Ropson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ropson research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1550, 1600, 1587, 1590, 1597, 1604, 1633, 1654, 1650, 1598, 1638 and are included under the topic Early Ropson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ropson Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Ropson include Robson, Robison, Robeson, Robisonn and others.
Early Notables of the Ropson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ropson family to Ireland
Some of the Ropson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 58 words (4 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 Ropson family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Ropson: Robert Robson and Jane settled in Georgia with three children in 1775; Rowland Robson settled in Virginia in 1716; Charles, James, John, Mathew, Robert, Thomas Robson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ropson (post 1700)
- Andy Ropson, American graphic artist, known for his work on Marion Bridge (2002) and Lexx (2000)
- ^ 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)