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Roberts Family History

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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Where is the Roberts family from?

You can see how Roberts families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roberts family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roberts families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 15,825 Roberts families living in Lancashire. This was about 14% of all the recorded Roberts's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Roberts families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Roberts surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Roberts ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Roberts. 6% of Roberts men worked as a General Labourer and 62% of Roberts women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roberts were Builders Labourer and Household Duties. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Farmer
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    62%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Household Duties
    2%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 576,000 immigration records available for the last name Roberts. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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