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Origins of the Robson surname

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What does the name Robson mean?

The Robson surname is most common in the North of England, where it is thought to originate. It's thought to be most often a patronymic surname, deriving from a description of 'son of Rob or Robert', and their lineage. There has been a historic concentration of Robsons in the North Tyne area dating back to the 1500s.

Alternative variations of the name Robson

Robson, Robsone, Robsen, Robbson, Robison

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Where do most Robsons live?

In 1921, most Robsons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Robsons

How common is your surname?

191st most common surname in the UK

We have 206,000 records for the Robson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Robsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Robson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Robsons

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

Common Female occupations for Robsons in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant




Common Male occupations for Robsons in 1921
Coal Miner




Coal Miner Hewer






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