In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the Ropson family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name Ropson is derived from the personal name Robert.
This name is composed of the old English elements hroth,
which means fame,
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.
Early Origins of the Ropson family
The surname Ropson 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. 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)
Early History of the Ropson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ropson 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 Ropson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ropson Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Ropson has been spelled Robson, Robison, Robeson, Robisonn and others.
Early Notables of the Ropson family (pre 1700)
Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ropson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ropson family to Ireland
Some of the Ropson 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.
Migration of the Ropson family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Ropson: Robert Robson and Jane settled in Georgia with three children in 1775; Rowland Robson settled in Virginia in 1716; Charles, James, John, Mathew, Robert, Thomas Robson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ropson (post 1700)
- Andy Ropson, American graphic artist, known for his work on Marion Bridge (2002) and Lexx (2000)
The Ropson 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