The surname of ROBB is a diminutive of Robert, and a common surname in Scotland. This name was originally derived from the Germanic personal name, composed of the elements HROD and BERHT. The name was found occasionally in England before the Conquest, but in the main it was introduced into England by the Normans, and quickly became popular among all classes of society. Early records of the name mention Rodbertus (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Adam filius Roberti, was recorded in 1273 in the County of Oxford. Thomas filius Roberti of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The first people in Scotland to aquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. Later records of the name mention Jok Robb, Monkland, Scotland, 1519. John Rob appears as a witness in Glagow in the year of 1551. Money was paid by Jonet Robb for the lands of Cornetoun in Stirlingshire in the year 1563. John Robb was documented in the West Port of Edinburgh in the year 1646. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.
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