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Robertson Family History

Robertson Name Meaning

Scottish and English: patronymic from the Middle English Norman French and Older Scots personal name Robert + -son. 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). Americanized form (and a rare Swedish variant) of Swedish Robertsson: patronymic from the personal name Robert . Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Robertsen a cognate of 1 above.

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


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

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Where is the Robertson family from?

You can see how Robertson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Robertson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Robertson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4,134 Robertson families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Robertson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Robertson families in 1911.
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What did your Robertson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Robertson. 29% of Robertson men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Robertson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Robertson were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Labourer
    7%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Income
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 256,000 immigration records available for the last name Robertson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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