ROBERTS - Name Meaning & Origin

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ROBERTS Surname Meaning & Origin:

A patronymic surname meaning "son of Robert," from the Welsh given name Robert, meaning "bright fame." Derived from the Germanic elements "hrod" meaning fame and "beraht" meaning bright.

Roberts is the 45th most popular surname in the United States and the 6th most common surname in Wales.

Surname Origin:

Welsh, German

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Genealogy Resources for the Surname ROBERTS:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Roberts Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - ROBERTS Genealogy
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ROBERTS Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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Cousin Connect - ROBERTS Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Roberts, and sign up for free notification when new Roberts queries are added. - ROBERTS Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Roberts.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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