Origin of the Name Roby
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Roby has a number of variants including Robbie, Robie, Robey, Ruby, Royby, Roybie, Robe and Robert. These names are very ancient and have a number of distinct origins, mainly from France , England and Scotland . When of French origin the name Roby can be derived from 'de Roubaix' and is usually of locational origin from Roubaix. Locality names are derived from placenames and describe someone who lived near a physical feature such as a tree, hill, river or church, or from habitations such as a town, village, farmstead or County. When of English origin the name Robey is also of locational origin taken from several places so named including Robey in Derbyshire and Roby in Lancashire.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The variant name Ruby has been associated with County Cork since the seventeenth century and is also of French introduction, most likely of Huguenot origin.
The Roby coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Roby descendants.