Last name: Roberts

Recorded in over seventy spellings forms including Robert, Robart, Robb, and Rupert, which is from the same root, to Luparti of Italy, Rubke and Ruppertz of Germany, Rops and Rubbens of Flanders, Roberts and Robertson of England and Scotland, this is a surname of pre 7th century Germanic origins. It derives from the male given name "Hrodbeorht", a compound consisting of the elements "hrod", meaning renown, and "beorht", bright or famous. This type of (originally) baptismal name, was very popular throughout Europe for many centuries, and has remained so today. Like the name Ro(d)ger with which it shares a similar ancestry, it was 'adopted' by the Norsemen as they swept through Northern Europe on their march of conquest which took them to Normandy (the home of the North men), in the 10th century. The final joining of the circle was to introduce the name into Britain after The Conquest of 1066. As Rodbertus, Rotbert and Robert, the name is recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. It was adopted as a surname in Europe in the latter half of the 13th Century, and early recordings include: John Roberd, in the Hundred Rolls of Berkshire, dated 1279, Counrad Ruprecht of Eblingen, Germany, in 1282, and William Robert, in the Fines Court Rolls of the county of Essex, England, in 1292. Other recordings of the medieval period include Richard Roberdes, which was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire, England, Neyneke Robeken of Hannover, Germany, in 1359, and Eberlin Rubbart, of Stuttgart, Bavaria, in 1445. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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sandra
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 msthangct@yahoo.com.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

Ray Poole
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.

Glynder Roberts
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.

T Roberts
Hi, my Family also traces back to Fishguard Wales, my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all Joseph. I wonder if we are related.
there is family chatter about being connected to Black Bart as well.

Phil Roberts
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.

Judy Roberts
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.

Austin Roberts
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.

George roberts
the surname is also welsh - 6th most common surname in wales -also wiki says so

Damla
did you just use wiki as a reliable source? lol

Serena DeSoto
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.

pauline roberts
my family of roberts are all from cornwall iv gone back as far as 1810, but i know it goes back more.