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Origins of the Roberts surname

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What does the name Roberts mean?

Roberts is a popular British surname, believed to have two core origins. Firstly, the Roberts surname is thought to be patronymic, reflecting the 'son of Robert', particularly common in Wales (especially in the north of the country) and Scotland. The second supposed origin of this surname, which is more prevalent in England, relates to someone who is the 'servant of Robert'.

Alternative variations of the name Roberts

Roberts, Robert, Robarts, Robertes, Robart

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Where do most Robertses live?

In 1921, most Robertses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Robertses

How common is your surname?

14th most common surname in the UK

We have 1,140,000 records for the Roberts surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Robertses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Roberts first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Robertses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Robertses in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Robertses in 1921


Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




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