Explore the Family Name Roberson

The meaning of Roberson

English: variant of Robertson.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Roberson in the United States?

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, in terms of popularity, the surname Roberson ranked 569th in the year 2000 and dropped to a ranking of 605 by the end of 2010, indicating a decrease of 6.33% over the decade. However, the count of individuals bearing the surname increased by 5.61%, from 53,198 in 2000 to 56,180 in 2010. The proportion per 100,000 people decreased slightly from 19.72 in 2000 to 19.05 in 2010, a drop of 3.4%.

Proportion per 100k19.7219.05-3.4%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Roberson

The Decennial U.S. Census also provides insights into the ethnic identity associated with the surname Roberson. In 2000, the majority of individuals with this surname identified as White (53.85%) or Black (42.11%). By 2010, there was a slight decrease in those identifying as White to 51.34%, while those identifying as Black saw a small increase to 42.78%. There was significant growth in those identifying as Hispanic, with an increase of 72.87% over the ten years. Representation of Asian/Pacific Islander and Two or more races also increased, at rates of 35.71% and 45.74% respectively. Those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native, however, saw a decrease of 11.86%.

Two or More Races1.88%2.74%45.74%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.59%0.52%-11.86%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.28%0.38%35.71%

Roberson ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Roberson is British & Irish, which comprises 51.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (18.3%) and Nigerian (7.7%). Additional ancestries include Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Scandinavian, Angolan & Congolese, Spanish & Portuguese, and Eastern European.

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British & Irish51.6%
French & German18.3%

Possible origins of the surname Roberson

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Roberson have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom77.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom77.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom77.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom76.90%
West Midlands, United Kingdom76.50%

What Roberson haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Roberson is E-P252, which is predominantly found among people with Sub-Saharan African ancestry. Haplogroup E-P252 is descended from haplogroup E-M96. Other common haplogroups include R-M167 and I-L22, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Robinson, Brown, Jackson, Robertson, Johnson, White, Smith, Green, Gray, Williams.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Roberson surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

robersonPaternal Haplogroup Origins E-M96
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Ramesses III

Pharaoh Ramesses III defended Egypt in three consecutive wars during his approximately 30-year reign, but provoked dissent within his administration. Catalyzed by mounting internal strife, one of Ramesses's lesser wives, Tiye, hatched a plot to have her son, Pentawer, usurp the throne by having Ramesses III murdered along with his appointed heir. A papyrus record of the resulting trial explains that the plot failed and that all involved were tried and convicted.However, a modern CT scan of Ramesses III's mummy revealed a deep slit in his throat, reopening a case long thought closed. The embalmers went to great lengths to cover up other wounds, including fashioning a fake toe out of resin where Ramesses's real one had been hacked off, likely during a fatal attack. For thousands of years, Ramesses's burial adornments concealed the wounds that mark one of the most famous royal dramas in history. Ramesses III's paternal lineage belongs to haplogroup E-V38.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Roberson have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Roberson" Surname 38.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Roberson" Surname 28.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Roberson" Surname 25.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Roberson" Surname 19.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Roberson?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Roberson are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%