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Origins of the Robertson surname

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What does the name Robertson mean?

Robertson is a common English surname, believed to have patronymic origins. It refers to somebody who was the son or descendant of a person given the common medieval name 'Robert'. The name is particularly prevalent in Scotland, where the Robertsons of Struan, Perthshire have been asserted to be one of the oldest families in the country.

Alternative variations of the name Robertson

Robertson, Robertsun, Robertsone, Roberson, Rabertson

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Where do most Robertsons live?

In 1921, most Robertsons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Robertsons

How common is your surname?

87th most common surname in the UK

We have 371,000 records for the Robertson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Robertsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Robertson first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Robertsons

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

Common Female occupations for Robertsons in 1921


Domestic Servant






House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Robertsons in 1921
Coal Miner




Farm Servant






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