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The Robards surname is derived from the personal name Robert. This name was originally came from the Old German words "hrod" and "behrt," which mean "fame" and "bright." It was introduced to Britain by the Normans during the time of Edward the Confessor, and became very popular. A large number of diminutives and pet-forms were derived from this name in early times.

Robards Early Origins



The surname Robards was first found in the county of Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they were descended from Einion Efell, Lord of Cynllateh, through Howell ap Iolyn of Llangedwyn, and were directly descended from Rhodri Mawr, King of Wales.

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Robards Spelling Variations


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Robards Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Robards have included Roberts, Robert, Robartes, Robarts and others.

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Robards Early History


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Robards Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robards research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1665, 1679, 1648, 1657, 1606, 1685, 1649, 1718, 1682, 1722, 1719, 1722 and are included under the topic Early Robards History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robards Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Robards Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was William Roberts (1585-1665), Welsh Bishop of Bangor; Richard Roberts, Sheriff of Cornwall; Michael Roberts (died 1679), Welsh-born, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1648 to 1657; John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor and Viscount Bodmin PC (1606-1685), an English politician; and...

Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robards Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robards In Ireland


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Robards In Ireland



Some of the Robards family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Robards:

Robards Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Robards, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Thomas Robards, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Elizabeth Robards, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Robards Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Robards, aged 57, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Charles M. Robards, aged 32, who settled in Washington, D. c., in 1918
  • Phyllis W. Robards, aged 26, who emigrated to Washington, D.C., in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Robards (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Robards (post 1700)



  • William S. Robards, American politician from North Carolina; representative in the state legislature and state treasurer in the 19th century
  • Sam Robards (b. 1961), American actor, son of Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall
  • Karen Robards (b. 1955), American author of romance novels
  • Jason Robards Sr. (1892-1963), American stage and screen actor, father of Jason Robards
  • William Robards, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County, 1806, 1808; North Carolina State Treasurer, 1827-30
  • Marjorie Robards, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1996
  • Horace L. Robards, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County, 1838-41
  • Charles Robards, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1932
  • Andrew Robards, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1952
  • Jason Nelson Robards Jr. (1922-2000), American sailor awarded the Navy Cross during WWII. He went on to become a two-time Academy Award winning actor

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ewch ymlaen
Motto Translation: Go forward.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    8. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Robards Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robards Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 May 2016 at 00:58.

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