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The Roberts 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.

Roberts Early Origins



The surname Roberts 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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Roberts Spelling Variations


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Roberts Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Roberts have included Roberts, Robert, Robartes, Robarts and others.

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Roberts Early History


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Roberts Early History



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

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Roberts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Roberts In Ireland


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Roberts In Ireland



Some of the Roberts 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



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Roberts:

Roberts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elias Roberts, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Blanch Roberts, aged 20, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • John Roberts settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Edward Roberts settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Ewen Roberts, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roberts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ellis Roberts, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Alexander Roberts, who arrived in Jamaica in 1780
  • Bennet Roberts, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Roberts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmond Roberts, who landed in New York in 1802
  • Brice Roberts, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • David Roberts, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Amelia Roberts, aged 20, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • Francis Roberts, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roberts Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Evelyn Ashley Roberts, who arrived in Alabama in 1919

Roberts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Roberts U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 222 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [1]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
  • Mr. Zachariah Roberts U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]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
  • Mr. Zachariah Roberts U.E. (b. 1756) born in New York, USA who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served with Sir William Howe, he died in 1833 [1]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
  • Mr. Stephen Roberts U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [1]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

Roberts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • C.S Roberts, aged 32, a gentleman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Legatus" from London, England
  • Louisa Roberts, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Legatus" from London, England
  • Charles William Roberts, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Legatus" from London, England
  • John Roberts, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Augusta" from Liverpool, England

Roberts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Roberts, Welsh convict from Brecon, Wales, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • William Roberts, English convict from Bedford, 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
  • William Roberts, English convict from Shrompshire, 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
  • Robert Roberts, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • John Roberts, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roberts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip Roberts, aged 36, a miner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Jonathan Roberts, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Mary Anne Roberts, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Philip Roberts, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Jane Roberts, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roberts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roberts (post 1700)



  • Larry Roberts (1963-2016), American NFL ootball defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1993)
  • John Dombrowski Roberts (1918-2016), American chemist, recipient of the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1954); Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry (1967); Tolman Award (1974); Willard Gibbs Award (1983); Priestley Medal (1987); Welch Award (1990) and many more
  • Mike Roberts (1933-2016), American radio sportscaster
  • Donald "Don" Roberts (1933-2016), American college men's ice hockey coach, awarded the Hobey Baker Legends of College Hockey Award in 2009
  • Doris Roberts (1929-2016), born Doris May Green, an American five-time Emmy Award winning and Screen Actors Guild Award winning actress, perhaps best remembered for her role as Marie Barone, on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)
  • Ralph Joel Roberts (1920-2015), American businessman, co-founder of Comcast Corporation
  • Tanya Roberts (b. 1955), American actress best known for her role in Charlie's Angels
  • Corporal Harold W. Roberts (1895-1918), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Howard Roberts (1929-1992), American jazz guitarist, educator and session musician
  • Edwin A. Roberts Jr., American reporter who won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Roberts Historic Events


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Roberts Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Bobby E Roberts (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Fort Worth, Texas, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Wilbur Grant Roberts (b. 1957), American Staff Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Roberts, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. James Roberts, British Engineer's Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Lyndon Irvine Roberts (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from North Cottesloe, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald Charles Roberts (1920-1941), Australian Assistant Cook from Middle Park, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald C Roberts (b. 1919), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Minster, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Lewis G Roberts (b. 1919), Welsh Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Gordon R Roberts (b. 1913), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Yateley, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick C Roberts (b. 1903), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fulham, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest G Roberts (b. 1912), English Mechanician 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Coxford, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leonard Roberts, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Lawton Roberts, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. L Roberts, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. E Roberts, British Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. A Roberts, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frederick Timothy Roberts, British Boy Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Herbert H Roberts, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William H Roberts, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Henry Thomas Roberts, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. E N R Roberts, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles A. Roberts, English Able-Bodied Seaman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Roberts, English Assistant Engineers' Mess Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Annie Jane Roberts, English Stewardess from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frank John Roberts (d. 1912), aged 36, English Third Butcher from Farnborough, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Hugh H. Roberts (d. 1912), aged 40, English Bedroom Steward from Bootle, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mrs. Mary Kezziah Roberts, (née Humphrys), aged 41, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 16
  • Mr. Robert George Roberts (d. 1912), aged 35, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Roberts


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Suggested Readings for the name Roberts



  • Roberts-Allen Families by Merritt E. Roberts

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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



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  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
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Roberts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roberts 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.

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