Roben History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Roben was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Roben family lived in Peeblesshire. The Roben surname was also a patronymic name created from the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert.

Early Origins of the Roben family

The surname Roben was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Roben family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roben research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roben History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roben Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Roben has appeared as Robbins, Robbyns, Robens, Robins, Robin and others.

Early Notables of the Roben family (pre 1700)

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United States Roben migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Roben Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Heinrich Roben, aged 34, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [1]


The Roben 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: Vivit post funera virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue lives after death


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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