Robert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland of the distinguished surname Robert. The earliest hereditary surnames in France were either patronymic surnames, derived from the father's given name, or metronymic names, derived from the mother's given name. Robert is derived from the Old French personal name Robert, which is composed of the Germanic elements "hrod," meaning "bright," and "berht," meaning "bright," or "famous."

Early Origins of the Robert family

The surname Robert was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this renowned family has held a family seat since the Middle Ages.

The earliest and only member recorded from this family in Bourgogne was Lancelot Le Robert, Lord of la Tour de Pancy and part of Annoux, who became the Secretary of the Duke of Bourgogne, and successively owned Pontailler-sur-Saône, and the Lordships of Montréal and Châtel-Girard in 1445. He was assassinated by his wife. His descendants were recorded as possessors of the Lordship of Pancy in the seventeenth century.

Other notable descendants under this name were: Hubert (1733-1808), landscape painter; François (1737-1819), who was the King's Geographer and a politician; Pierre-François-Joseph (1763-1826), who was a member of the National Convention; Louis-Léopold (1794-1835), who was a talented Swiss painter; Louis-Benoît and Simon, who were Generals and were both honoured as Barons of the Empire in 1811.

Mathurin Robert, born in 1665, son of Pierre and Julienne (née Guilmette), travelled from Brittany (French: Bretagne) to Canada in the 17th century. After settling in Quebec he married Elizabeth Marcot, daughter of Nicolas and Martine (née Taurey), at Pointe-aux-Trembles on 30th July 1691. [1]

Early History of the Robert family

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Robert Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Robert, Robers, Robart, Roberte, Robertes, Robarte, Robartes, Robarts, Roberrt, Roberrs, Roberre, Robèrre, Robarres, Robarrs, Robarre, le Robert, le Robers, de Robert, de Robers and many more.

Early Notables of the Robert family (pre 1700)

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Robert World Ranking

In the United States, the name Robert is the 2,533rd most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Robert is ranked the 191st most popular surname with an estimated 19,103 people with that name. [3] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Robert is the 86th popular surname. [4] France ranks Robert as 5th with 91,393 people. [5]


United States Robert migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Robert, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [6]
  • William Robert, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [6]
  • Thomas Robert, who arrived in Maryland in 1657 [6]
  • James Robert, who settled in Maryland in 1666
  • James Robert, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750 [6]
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Robert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Robert, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [6]
  • Jacques Robert, aged 33, who landed in Louisiana in 1720 [6]
  • Peter Robert, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [6]
  • Jacob Robert, who arrived in Long Island in 1781 [6]
  • George Robert, who arrived in New York in 1798 [6]
Robert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Roger Robert, who arrived in America in 1816 [6]
  • Jose Robert, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [6]
  • Angel Robert, aged 53, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1840 [6]
  • Narcisse Robert, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1841 [6]
  • John Robert, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [6]
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Canada Robert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robert Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Geoffroy Robert, (b. 1612), aged 30, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 31st March 1642 [7]
  • Guillaume Robert, aged 18, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Louis Robert, who settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Louis Robert, son of André and Catherine, who married Marie Bourgery, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marie, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 25th November 1666 [8]
  • Charles Robert, son of Louis and Marie, who married Marie Leber, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 9th January 1681 [8]
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Robert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Robert, son of Louis and Marie, who married Marie-Josephte Larrivé, daughter of Pierre and Denise, in Boucherville, Quebec on 26th December 1701 [8]
  • Joseph Robert, son of Jean and Anna, who married Madeleine Demers, daughter of Charles and Élisabeth, in Montreal, Quebec on 15th November 1711 [8]
  • Joseph Robert, son of Ignace and Jeanne, who married Marguerite Girard, daughter of Pierre-Jacques and Marguerite, in Varennes, Quebec on 13th April 1711 [8]
  • François Robert, son of Louis and Marie, who married Marie Lanctot, daughter of François and Marguerite, in Longueuil, Quebec on 26th January 1712 [8]
  • Jean-Baptiste Robert, son of Louis and Marie, who married Geneviève Brabant, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Repentigny, Quebec on 5th February 1714 [8]
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Robert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Victor Robert, who landed in Red River, Canada in 1821

Australia Robert migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Robert Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Robert Chapman, English convict who was convicted in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1815 [9]
  • Mr. Robert Dagley, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Robert Knight, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Robert Simmons, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Robert Smith, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
Robert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Armstrong, (Armstraham), English weaver who was convicted in Lancashire, England for life for coining, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Robert Byard, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Robert Campbell, Scottish convict who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Robert Couling, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Robert Ford, (b. 1787), aged 28, English labourer who was convicted in Jedburgh, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
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New Zealand Robert migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Robert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Robert, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [11]
  • Mrs. Robert, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [11]
  • Mr. John R W P Robert, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [12]
  • Mr. William Robert, (b. 1823), aged 37, British cabinetmaker travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [11]
  • Mrs. Lucy Durell Robert, (b. 1826), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [11]
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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 [13]
  • Charles Marie- Robert, Count d'Escorches de Sainte Croix, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [14]
  • Simon Robert, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [15]
  • Louis Benoît Robert, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [16]
  • Joseph Louis Armand Robert, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [17]
  • Jean Gilles André Robert, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [18]
  • Jean-Baptiste Robert, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [19]
  • 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 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. John Connelly Robert, American Flight First Officer from Miami, USA who died in the crash [20]
Bismarck
  • Klaus Robert (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [21]
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 [22]


Suggested Readings for the name Robert +

  • The Pioneer Rapids Families by George Mason Graham Stafford.

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  4. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  8. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) Charles-Marie Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  14. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, September 11) Charles Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  15. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Simon Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  16. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Louis Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  17. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Joseph Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  18. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Jean Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  19. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Jean-Baptiste Robert. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  20. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  21. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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