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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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The surname Robbins was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Robbins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Robbins, who arrived in New England in 1703

Robbins Settlers in 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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Robbins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lemuel Robbins, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

Robbins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Robbins, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Georgeania Robbins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • George Robbins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • Jesse Robbins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • John Robbins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
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  • Marty Robbins (1925-1982), stage name of Martin David Robinson, American two-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982
  • Kelly Robbins (b. 1969), American professional LGPA golfer
  • Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins (b. 1958), American Academy Award winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician
  • 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
  • Harold Robbins (b. 1916), American novelist who has written over 25 bestsellers, with over 750 million copies in 32 languages
  • 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
  • Irvine Robbins (1917-2008), co-founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain
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Robbins Historic Events



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  • Mr. Robert S Robbins (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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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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