Robinet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It is believed that the name Robineau was originally derived from the Old French word "robine", which was the word that was used for the communication channel of a salted fountain or barrel pond. This leads researchers to believe that the name Robineau was perhaps originally used as a nickname for a person that built fountains. [1]

The Robinette (Robinet) variant having a similar meaning, originated in De la Robinais, Ille-et-Vilaine department, in the town of Bain. [1]

Early Origins of the Robinet family

The surname Robinet was first found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat in the seigneurie of Plessix where they were members of the aristocracy in that region.

This name goes back to Robert Robinault, squire and Lord of Budorais, who lived in 1478. Jean Robinault, Lord of Mollière, had his coat of arms embroidered in the Armorial of 1696 in Rennes. Louis-Jean Robinault, abbot of Plessix and an official of the bishop of Saint-Malo, died in 1711.

This family maintained its nobility of ancient extraction on 9th November 1668. [2]

René Robineau, born in 1629, son of Pierre and Renée (née Maureau), settled in Canada in the 17th century. After his arrival in New France, René married Marie-Anne LeNeuf, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite (née Le Gardeur), in Quebec on 12th December 1699. [3]

Early History of the Robinet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robinet research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1700, 1735 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Robinet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Robinet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Robineu, Robinot, Robino, Robinet, Robinette, Robineault, Robineau, Robinault, Robinaud, Robinaut and many more.

Early Notables of the Robinet family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Joseph Robineau (or Robinau) de Villebon (1655-1700), Quebec-born, French educated Governor of Acadia. He built the capital at Fort Nashwaak and was able to maintain the New England-Acadia...
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Robinet Ranking

In France, the name Robinet is the 819th most popular surname with an estimated 6,202 people with that name. [4]


United States Robinet migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robinet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allen Robinet, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [5]
Robinet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Robinet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1715 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Robinet (post 1700) +

  • John Robinet, American Project Engineer, South Carolina
  • David Robinet, Government Official, Tennessee


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  3. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ 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)


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