Last name: Roberts
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hi there, my grandfather Edward Roberts married Sarah Helena Julies, lived in District Six South Africa.He was born around 1900. we have no idea who his family is or where he was from. if you can assist then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.The couple had two daughters and five sons. i have photo of my grandfather with his brother and sister in law, also a photo of his uncle,but i have no names whatsoever. many thanks
The forename Robert was originally introduced into North Wales in the early 11th century by the invading Normans, such as Robert of Rhuddlan and Robert de Banastre. The military and political influence of the Normans, and especially their cultural and economic influence, encouraged the growth in popularity of names such as Robert and William over the subsequent centuries. The popularity of Roberts as a surname in North Wales may indeed owe much to the 1536 Act of Union imposing an Anglicized form of surname upon the population at a time when the name had had over 500 years to become popular among the common people as well as the gentry. The popularity of the name among native Welsh as well as English and Anglicized Welsh landlords and gentry accounts for the proliferation of surnames such as Probert (son of Robert) as well as Roberts (Robert's man, as in servant, tenant or employee, as well as son of Robert). The question of French origin for the name's popularity beyond the Normans in the British Isles may have a basis at least as early as the name of the second Capetian King of France, Robert the Pious, in the tenth century, as well as several influential noblemen throughout subsequent French history.Also, it should not be forgotten that the name was long popular in Brittany, as well as Normandy, from whence came the fishermen who formed the earliest French settlements on the north-eastern coast of North America.
I have traced my family back to Fishguard, Wales. I came from a long line of Roberts including Bartholomew Roberts the pirate. I have gone back to Wiliam Roberts(b-1836) Married to Mary (b-1837) His Father was Joseph Roberts (b-1801) married to Rachel(b-1796 D-1878) I would like to trace my family even farther back. I would appreciate it if anyone can help.
Historically, I was told the origin came predominately from French Huguenot origin and subsequently settled in Wales and other locations to flee persecution. I am under the impression that Roberts in England, and elsewhere, was spelled the same way in France.
I would like to see Serena's question on the French orgin andwered. We came from Canada where the French fur traders married the indian women.
Not any more
Howard Wayne Roberts
I agree with Damla, wiki a reliable source! The name Robert/s was taken to Wales by the Normans, but it wasn't until 1536 (Act of Union)and some centuries onwards that fixed surnames began to be adopted in Wales. There have been many coming and goings to and from Wales. My family moved to Wales in 1915 from Gloucesterhsire, and memorials in South Wales church yards highlight we were not the only Roberts family that did so. Y Chromosome DNA strongly suggests our origins were in Scotland. This is the best write up on the surmame I have come across, as it corrects the overtly biased and miligned belief that all holders of the surname, (even in Wales) that we were of Welsh origin.
the surname is also welsh - 6th most common surname in wales -also wiki says so
did you just use wiki as a reliable source? lol
Hey George..thanx for the help but do u know anything about a French origin of Roberts and its spelling? Thanks for any help u can offer.