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Robeson is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the personal name Robert. This name is composed of the old English elements hroth, which means fame, and berht, which means bright. Although this Clan had the early appearance of being English, the Robsons were one of the four principal Clans of the North Tyne area just south of the Scottish Border in the sixteenth century. Their progenitor was Robert, the second son of George Gunn, the Crowner of Scotland. The Gunn Clan territories were in northern Scotland and they were of Norse origin together with their overlords, the Sinclairs.

Robeson Early Origins



The surname Robeson was first found in Northumberland, where the name was quite distinct from both Robinson and Robertson, although in early records of the Clan the Robson name was frequently spelled Robison, literally Robi's son.

The name first appears soon after the death of George Gunn in the 15th century: Patrick Robson was recorded in 1436, Donald Robson in 1446 and Wyllie Robyson witnessed a feud in 1476. From this point the Clan flourished on both sides of the border, with the Chiefly branch on the Scottish side. It is not altogether surprising that with this Clan straddling the England- Scotland border a John and Edward Robison were charged with defrauding the king's customs in 1524. [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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Robeson Spelling Variations


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Robeson Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Robeson has appeared Robson, Robison, Robeson, Robisonn and others.

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Robeson Early History


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Robeson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robeson research. Another 661 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1550, 1600, 1587, 1590, 1597, 1604, 1633, 1654, 1650, 1852, 1918 and are included under the topic Early Robeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robeson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Robeson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Robeson In Ireland


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Robeson In Ireland



Some of the Robeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 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



Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Robeson name:

Robeson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Robeson, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Andrew Robeson, who landed in New Jersey in 1680

Robeson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Robeson settled in New York in 1775 with his wife May and five children
  • Thomas Robeson, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1775

Robeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Robeson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John Robeson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Margaret Robeson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Rebecca Robeson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • William Robeson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Robeson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Robeson (post 1700)



  • Edward John Robeson Jr. (1890-1966), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Paul Robeson Jr. (b. 1927), American author, archivist and historian, son of Paul Leroy Robeson
  • George Maxwell Robeson (1829-1897), American Republican Party politician and Union army general during the American Civil War who later became 26th Secretary of the Navy (1869-1877)
  • Paul Leroy Robeson (1898-1976), American singer and actor, NFL football player, probably best known for his rendition of "Ol' Man River" in the Show Boat muscial at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane which became the benchmark for future productions, eponym of the Paul Robeson Award
  • Jonas Robeson (1800-1871), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, 1858-59, 1860-62
  • John S. Robeson, American politician, U.S. Consul in Beirut, 1884
  • George Maxwell Robeson (1829-1897), American Republican politician, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1869-77; Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1877, 1881; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1879-83
  • Frank K. Robeson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888
  • Eslanda G. Robeson, American politician, Representative from Connecticut at-large, 1950
  • Edward John Robeson Jr. (1890-1966), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1950-59
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Justus esto et non metue
Motto Translation: Be just and fear not


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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)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Robeson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robeson 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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