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Where did the French Robin family come from? What is the French Robin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Robin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Robin family history?

The name Robin has a rich and ancient history that is specifically connected to the northwestern region of Brittany. It is a French name that was originally derived from the Germanic name Robert, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright.

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Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Robin, including Robin, Robbin, Robine, Robbine, Robbyn, Robins and many more.

First found in Brittany.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robin research. Another 112 words(8 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Robin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Robin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Robin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Robin were

  • Guillaume Robin from Brittany settled in Cape St. George

Robin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Martin Robin, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Nicholas Robin, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Charles Robin, aged 24, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Robin, aged 17, arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Robin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Robin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Joaquin Robin, aged 47, landed in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • Sam Robin, who landed in Mississippi in 1895

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  • Leo Robin (1900-1984), American composer, lyricist and songwriter
  • Mado Robin (1918-1960), French coloratura singer


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  6. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Robin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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