Robbinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Robbinson came 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.
Early Origins of the Robbinson family
The surname Robbinson was 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. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Roger Robynsoun; Roger Robyn-man (the servant of Robin); and Adam Robyn-man (the servant of Robin), 1370. 
The surname is "distributed all over England, except in the south - west, where it is either absent or extremely rare. Its great home is in the northern half of the country, the numbers rapidly diminishing as we approach the south of England. Northamptonshire may be characterised as the most advanced stronghold of the Robinsons on their way to the metropolis." 
Further to the north in Scotland, early entries are rare, so one can presume the name migrated there at some point: "the tenement of John Robynson in Irvine is mentioned in 1426, and another John Robynsone was bailie of Glasgow in 1477. Andrew Robersoun witnessed the sale of a tenement in Arbroath in 1450. The name was common in Glasgow in the sixteenth century." 
Early History of the Robbinson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robbinson research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1584, 1655, 1566, 1584, 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 Robbinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Robbinson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Robbinson has been recorded under many different variations, including Robinson, Robenson, Robbison, Robbinson, McRobin and others.
Early Notables of the Robbinson family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Nicholas Robinson (Died 1585) Welsh Bishop of Bangor, born at Conway in North Wales; and his son, Hugh Robinson (1584-1655), Welsh Archdeacon of Gloucester, born in Anglesea; Clement Robinson ( fl. 1566-1584), an English song-writer and editor; John Robinson (1576-1625), known as the "Pilgrim Pastor," who was the first pastor and inspiration to the church of the Pilgrim Fathers; Luke Robinson (c 1610-1669), of Riseborough, an English Member of Parliament and of the Council of State during the Commonwealth period; Ralph...
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Migration of the Robbinson family to Ireland
Some of the Robbinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Robbinson migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Robbinson or a variant listed above:
Robbinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ann Robbinson, who landed in Virginia in 1661 
- Geo Robbinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1663-1664 
Robbinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Humphrie Robbinson, who landed in Virginia in 1719 
- James Robbinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1722 
Robbinson migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Robbinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Eleanor Robbinson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
- Catherine Robbinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)