A people of the Scottish/English Borderlands known as the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name McRobb. It is derived from the personal name Robert,
which is composed of the elements hrod,
meaning famous, and berht,
Early Origins of the McRobb family
The surname McRobb 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. 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 McRobb family
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McRobb Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names. McRobb has appeared as Robb, Robbie, Roby, Robe, MacRobbie, MacRobb and others.
Early Notables of the McRobb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McRobb family to Ireland
Some of the McRobb family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 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 McRobb family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence
, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan
societies in North America. 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 McRobb (post 1700)
- William McRobb, American television and film writer, best known for his work on The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1993-1996)
- Gary Douglas McRobb, Canadian politician, MLA for Kluane in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2011