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Robert Name Meaning

French Walloon English German Dutch Flemish and Breton (of French origin); Hungarian (Róbert): from the ancient Germanic personal name Ro(d)bert (Middle English Robert Old French Ro(d)bert) composed of the elements hrōd ‘fame renown’ + berht ‘bright famous’. This is found occasionally in Anglo-Saxon England before the Conquest but in the main it was introduced into England by the Normans and quickly became popular among all classes of society. Pet forms and diminutives are found from an early date Robin being particularly common. Compare Robair Robar Robare and Rober . In some cases also an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gobert, Roberts, Albert, Obert, Nobert, Rembert, Royer, Libert, Bert

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Where is the Robert family from?

You can see how Robert families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Robert family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Robert families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 32 Robert families living in Louisiana. This was about 23% of all the recorded Robert's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Robert families in 1840.
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What did your Robert ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Robert. 17% of Robert men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Robert women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Robert were Clerk and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Robert. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 63,000 military records available for the last name Robert. For the veterans among your Robert ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Robert lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Robert life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Robert in 1944 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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