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

Robinson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the baptismal name Robin, which was the diminutive of the personal name Robert. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions.


Robinson has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Robinson, Robenson, Robbison, Robbinson, McRobin and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where one of the first records of the name was John Richard Robunson who was on record in 1324 in the Court Rolls of the manor of Wakefield, and a Thomas Robynson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax returns of 1379.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robinson research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1576, 1625, 1610, 1669, 1614, 1655, 1615, 1680, 1660, 1667, 1662, 1629, 1689, 1660, 1668, 1717, 1705, 1708, 1645, 1712, 1670, 1700, 1670, 1684, 1686, 1700, 1701 and are included under the topic Early Robinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 257 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Robinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Robinsons to arrive on North American shores:

Robinson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Robinson, who immigrated to Virginia in 1606
  • Isaac and Bridget Robinson, who arrived in Plymouth in 1629
  • Constance Robinson, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Goodwyn John Robinson, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Daniell Robinson, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651

Robinson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Robinson, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • David Robinson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Anne Robinson, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Catherine and Charles Robinson, who came to Virginia in 1730
  • James Robinson came to Virginia in 1775

Robinson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Aistroppe Robinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Barber Robinson, aged 5, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Hugh Robinson, who landed in America in 1809
  • Isabella Robinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Gilbert Robinson, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812


  • Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949), Vaudeville performer who was the first African-American to star in a Ziegfield Follies
  • Smokey Robinson (b. 1940), famous musician hailed as "the poet laureate of soul music"
  • Ray Charles Robinson (1930-2004), original name of Ray Charles, American musician, one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time"
  • David Robinson (b. 1965), American basketball player
  • Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (1919-1972), American baseball player and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Arthur Howard Robinson (1915-2004), American geographer and cartographer
  • Edward Goldenberg Robinson (1893-1973), American Romanian born actor
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for the years 1922, 1925 and 1928
  • James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936), American historian
  • First Lieutenant James E Robinson Jr. (1918-1945), American Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945



  • Descendants of John Craig, Esquire and John Robinson, Senior, Scotch-Irish Immigrants to Lancaster County, South Carolina by Eloise Craig.
  • Pioneer Pond People Plus Robinson and Allied Families by Betty Pond Snyder.
  • Robinson and Related Families (1700-1990: Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama by Delton D. Blalock.

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The Robinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robinson 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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