Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name Robay. 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 Robay family
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 Robay family
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Robay Spelling Variations
spelling variations in a single document. Robay has been spelled Robb, Robbie, Roby, Robe, MacRobbie, MacRobb and others.
Early Notables of the Robay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Robay family to Ireland
Some of the Robay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Robay family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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.
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