Robertson Family History

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Robertson Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Robert. This surname is especially common in Scotland, where Robert was a popular personal name and the name of three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce (1274–1329).

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

Similar surnames: Roberts, Rogerson, Robberson, Robson, Roberson, Robeson, Albertson

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Robertson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Robertson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Robertson. 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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Robertson Family Origin

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Robertson Family Occupations

What did your Robertson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Robertson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Robertson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Robertson family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Robertson.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Robertson Historical Records

What Robertson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Robertson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Robertson 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 256,000 immigration records available for the last name Robertson. 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 217,000 military records available for the last name Robertson. For the veterans among your Robertson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Robertson Life Expectancy

What is the average Robertson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Robertson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Robertson in 1940 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Robertson 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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