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

Robb Early Origins



The surname Robb 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]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)

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Robb Spelling Variations


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Robb Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Robb has been spelled Robb, Robbie, Roby, Robe, MacRobbie, MacRobb and others.

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Robb Early History


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Robb Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robb research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1551, 1554 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Robb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robb Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Robb Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Robb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robb In Ireland


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Robb In Ireland



Some of the Robb 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Robb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Robb settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ellinn Robb, aged 27, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Thomas Robb, who landed in Virginia in 1655

Robb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Robb arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Michael Robb, aged 16, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hugh Robb, aged 39, landed in New York, NY in 1774
  • Peter Robb, who landed in New York in 1795

Robb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Robb arrived in New York State in 1804
  • Alexander Robb, aged 53, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Robb, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Charles Robb, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James Robb, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Robb U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Robb Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jane Robb, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Jessie Robb, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • William Robb, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Robb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Robb, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • John Robb, aged 20, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Robb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Robb, aged 26, a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Helen Robb, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Alexander Robb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • William Robb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • William Robb, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Robb (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Robb (post 1700)



  • Shirley Robb (1929-2005), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Princeton, Indiana, 2000-05
  • John Donald Robb (1892-1989), American composer, Hispanic folk-song collector and preservationist
  • James H. Robb (1918-1993), American professor of philosophy at Marquette University
  • James Hampden Robb (1846-1911), American politician, New York State Assembly in 1882 and New York State Senator (1884-1885)
  • Isabel Adams Hampton Robb (1860-1910), American nurse theorist, author, nursing school administrator
  • Ed Robb (1942-2011), American academic and politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004
  • Douglas Robb, American major general in the United States Air Force
  • Candace Robb (b. 1950), American historical novelist, with works set in medieval England
  • Bruce Robb (b. 1954), American musician, record producer, engineer, and music supervisor, founding member of “The Robbs”
  • AnnaSophia Robb (b. 1993), American actress, best known for her starring roles in Because of Winn-Dixie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • ... (Another 44 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Robb Historic Events


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Robb Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. James G Robb (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Robb, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Henry Robb, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Joseph Robb, (Huston), English Able-Bodied Seaman from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Suggested Readings for the name Robb


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Suggested Readings for the name Robb



  • Robb Miscellanea by Ruth Flesher Robb.

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Robb Family Crest Products


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Citations


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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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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