Roberts (surname)

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Family name
Region of origin North Wales

Roberts is a surname of Norman origin, deriving from the 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 the British isles before the Norman Conquest in 1066, it was mainly introduced into Britain 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.


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  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.