Roberts (surname)

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Region of origin United Kingdom

Roberts is a surname of English origin, deriving from the Anglo Saxon/Norman given name Robert, meaning "bright renown" – from the Germanic elements "hrod" meaning renown and "beraht" meaning bright. Roberts may mean either "servant of Robert" or "son of Robert"; the latter is more common in Wales, while the former is more common in England.[1][2] Although the name Robert was known in England before the Norman Conquest in 1066, it was mainly introduced into England by the Normans.[3] Today the surname Roberts is common in England, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man, with the biggest concentration by far occurring in North Wales. In colloquial North-Walian Welsh "Roberts" is often pronounced as "Robaits".[citation needed] The name is also common in Scotland and Ireland.


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Audrey Roberts, television series character from Coronation Street
  • Barbara Millicent Roberts, doll known as Barbie
  • Skipper Roberts, doll known as Skipper
  • Tutti and Todd Roberts, dolls known as Tutti and Todd
  • The Dread Pirate Roberts, character in "The Princess Bride" - cited here in wikipedia: [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gormley, Myra Vanderpool. 2007. How Green was my Valley? The Welsh: Surnames and Migrations. Accessed 22 Oct 2008
  2. ^ Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. No ISBN.
  3. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Hodges, Flavia. 1990. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  4. ^