Roberts (surname)

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Roberts is a British surname of patronymic origin or reflecting servile status, deriving from the 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][3] Today the surname Roberts is common in England, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man, with the biggest concentration by far occurring in North Wales. The name is also common in Scotland.


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  1. ^ Vanderpool Gormley, C.G., Myra (2007). "How Green Was My Valley? The Welsh: Surnames and Migrations". Stephenville, Texas, USA: Datatrace Systems. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  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.