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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?

Joneses

&

Williamses

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What are the most common Roberts first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Roberts family members

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
Dressmaker

5,423

General Servant Domestic

3,344

Domestic Servant

3,312

House Servant

3,260

General Servant

3,006

Common Male occupations for Robertses in 1921
Farmer

5,713

Coal Miner

5,389

Agricultural Labourer

4,221

General Labourer

3,803

Joiner

2,877

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