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Where did the English Roebuck family come from? What is the English Roebuck family crest and coat of arms? When did the Roebuck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Roebuck family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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 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


  • Alvah Curtis Roebuck (1864-1948), American businessman who co-founded the Sears-Roebuck company in 1893
  • Daniel Randall Roebuck (b. 1963), American television and movie actor, writer and producer
  • Edward Jack Roebuck (b. 1931), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • John Roebuck (1718-1794), English physician, chemist, and inventor
  • John Arthur Roebuck (1802-1879), British politician
  • Marty Roebuck (b. 1965), Australian former rugby union footballer
  • Arthur Wentworth Roebuck QC (1878-1971), Canadian politician and labour lawyer


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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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