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

The first people to use the name Robbins were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in Peeblesshire. The Robbins surname was also a patronymic name created from the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert.

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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Robbins has appeared as Robbins, Robbyns, Robens, Robins, Robin and others.

First found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robbins research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robbins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Robbins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Robbins settled in New England in 1635
  • John Robbins, who landed in Connecticut in 1638
  • Richard Robbins, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1643
  • Edward Robbins settled in Virginia in 1646
  • Edward Robbins, who arrived in Virginia in 1646


Robbins Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Robbins, who arrived in New England in 1703

Robbins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Robbins, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • James Robbins, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Nathaniel Robbins, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Peter Robbins, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1848
  • L Robbins, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • Charles Armington Robbins (1884-1970), American politician, 22nd Governor of Idaho
  • Laila Robbins (b. 1959), American two-time Academy Award winning stage, film and television actress
  • Robyn Robbins (b. 1951), American founding member of the Bob Seger Silver Bullet Band
  • Elizabeth Robbins (1862-1952), American actress, playwright, novelist, and suffragette
  • Frederick Chapman Robbins (b. 1916), American physician, who shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in Medicine for work on polio viruses
  • Harold Robbins (b. 1916), American novelist who has written over 25 bestsellers, with over 750 million copies in 32 languages
  • Jerome Robbins (b. 1918), American dancer and choreographer
  • David P Robbins (1942-2003), American mathematician
  • Irvine Robbins (1917-2008), co-founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain
  • Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins (b. 1958), American Academy Award winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vivit post funera virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue lives after death

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