Roberts Family History

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Roberts Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Robert. This surname is very frequent in Wales and west central England. It is also occasionally borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

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

Similar surnames: Robert, Mcroberts, Roberto, Robertson, Gobert, Roberti, Rewerts

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Roberts Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Roberts name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Roberts. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Roberts Family Origin

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Roberts Family Occupations

What did your Roberts ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roberts. A less common occupation for the Roberts family was Farming. The most common Roberts occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Roberts's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Roberts ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Roberts Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Roberts. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roberts census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 576,000 immigration records available for the last name Roberts. 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 Card

There are 446,000 military records available for the last name Roberts. For the veterans among your Roberts ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Roberts Life Expectancy

What is the average Roberts lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Roberts life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Roberts in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Roberts ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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