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The name Roebuck is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Roebuck was a name used for a person who because of their physical characteristics were referred to as roebuck. In this case roebuck was associated with the qualities of purity and fleetness, qualities the original bearer possessed.

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The surname Roebuck was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Roebuck include Roebuck, Robuck and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roebuck research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roebuck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Roebuck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Roebuck were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Roebuck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Roebuck, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Roebuck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jarvis Roebuck, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Roebuck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wood Roebuck, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Benjamin Disney Roebuck, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808
  • John, John Wood, Nathan, William, William Roebuck all arrived in Philadelphia between 1805 and 1876

Roebuck Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Luke Roebuck U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 234 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

Roebuck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Roebuck, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Roebuck, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ellen Roebuck, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Roebuck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Roebuck, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Roebuck, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Roebuck, aged 14, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • George Palmer Roebuck, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Roebuck, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
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  • Edward Jack Roebuck (b. 1931), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Daniel Randall Roebuck (b. 1963), American television and movie actor, writer and producer
  • Alvah Curtis Roebuck (1864-1948), American businessman who co-founded the Sears-Roebuck company in 1893
  • John Roebuck (1718-1794), English physician, chemist, and inventor
  • Arthur Wentworth Roebuck QC (1878-1971), Canadian politician and labour lawyer
  • Marty Roebuck (b. 1965), Australian former rugby union footballer
  • John Arthur Roebuck (1802-1879), British politician
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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

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Roebuck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roebuck 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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