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What does the name Roberts mean?

The Roberts surname derives from the German boy's name meaning 'renown'. A popular Norman name, Roberts is now prevalent in North Wales and Lancashire. Famous Roberts include Hollywood actress and star of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts, and Victorian engineer and pioneer of mass production, Richard Roberts.

The earliest occurrence of the Roberts surname in our family history documents is from 1449, and we currently have 5,116,377 records where Roberts appears.

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