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Robson Family HistoryThis is an English surname much associated with the north of the country. Recorded in the spellings of Robson, Robeson and Robison, they were, according to Black's "Surnames of Scotland", one of the famous four English clans of North Tyneside (Northumberland) in the 16th century. In origin the name is a short derivative of the pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon personal name "Hrodbert" the modern Robert, composed of three elements; hrod meaning renown, berht bright or famous, and the patronymic son. In an early register of the late medieval period known as the "Dialogue" they were (quote) "good honest men and true, saving a little shifting for their living." The surname first appears in the Poll Tax rolls of the county of Yorkshire in the year 1379, when Richard Robson and Thomas Robyson are so recorded.
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