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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.


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.


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.


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


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 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 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

Robin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Robin, aged 35, arrived in Canada in 1642
  • Etienne Robin, aged 20, arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Francois Robin, who landed in Canada in 1688
  • Francois Robin arrived in Quebec in 1694 from Brittany

Robin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Louis Robin arrived in Quebec in 1735 from Maine
  • Jean Robin arrived in Quebec from Berry in 1738
  • Hubert Robin arrived in Quebec in 1740 from Ile-de-France
  • Pierre Robin who arrived in Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France near Bordeaux in 1744
  • Pierre Robin arrived in Quebec in 1747 from Guyenne

Robin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elisha Robin, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Amelia Robin, aged 18, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Jane Robin, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"

Robin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Robin, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Mary A. Robin, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875


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



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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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