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The Robert 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.

Robert Early Origins



The surname Robert 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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Robert Spelling Variations


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Robert Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Robert have included Roberts, Robert, Robartes, Robarts and others.

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Robert Early History


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Robert Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robert 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 Robert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robert Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Robert 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 Robert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robert In Ireland


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Robert In Ireland



Some of the Robert 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



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Robert:

Robert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Robert, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • William Robert, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Thomas Robert, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • James Robert settled in Maryland in 1666
  • James Robert, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Louis Robert, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Jacques Robert, aged 33, landed in Louisiana in 1720
  • Peter Robert, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755
  • Jacob Robert, who arrived in Long Island in 1781
  • George Robert, who arrived in New York in 1798

Robert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Roger Robert, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Jose Robert, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Angel Robert, aged 53, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1840
  • Narcisse Robert, aged 40, landed in New Orleans, La in 1841
  • John Robert, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robert Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Geoffroy Robert, aged 30, landed in Canada in 1642
  • Guillaume Robert, aged 18, landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Louis Robert settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Mathurin Robert settled in Quebec in 1691

Robert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Fitz Robert, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sylvain Robert settled in Quebec in 1756
  • Jean Robert, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Robert, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Pierre Robert, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Victor Robert, who landed in Red River, Canada in 1821

Robert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Robert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Jonathan Robert, aged 34, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune"
  • Patty Robert, aged 17, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Henry Robert, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • M. Robert, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Magdelana"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Robert arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name Robert (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Robert (post 1700)



  • Arthur Robert (1943-1993), American tennis player
  • Ridgway Robert (b. 1850), American ornithologist
  • Charles-Marie Robert Count d'Escorches de Sainte Croix, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Charles Marie- Robert, Count d'Escorches de Sainte Croix, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Simon Robert, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Louis Benoît Robert, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Joseph Louis Armand Robert, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Jean Gilles André Robert, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Jean-Baptiste Robert, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Nicolas-Louis Robert (1760-1820), French engineer who built the world's first hydrogen balloon for professor Jacques Charles with his brother Anne-Jean
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Robert Historic Events


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Robert Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. John Connelly Robert, American Flight First Officer from Miami, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Elisabeth Walton Robert, (née McMillan), aged 43, American First Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 2

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Suggested Readings for the name Robert


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Suggested Readings for the name Robert



  • The Pioneer Rapids Families by George Mason Graham Stafford.

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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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Robert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robert 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 8 October 2015 at 15:25.

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