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The saga of the Robison family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Robison name 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.
The surname Robison 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.
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Robison has appeared Robson, Robison, Robeson, Robisonn and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robison research. Another 386 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1567, 1587, 1590, 1597, 1600, 1604, 1633, 1650, 1654, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Robison History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Robison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Robison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Robison:
Robison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Robison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Robison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Robison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Robison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Robison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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
The Robison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robison 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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