Robins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Robins is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the baptismal name Robin, which was a diminutive of the personal name Robert, and refers to "a son of Robin or Robert." [1]

Early Origins of the Robins family

The surname Robins was first found in Middlesex, where the family name Robinus was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1198. [2]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name had scattered throughout ancient Britain as seen by: Dera Robins, Cambridgeshire; and John Robin, Oxfordshire. "The number of entries in the London Directory is sufficient proof of the early popularity of Robin. " [3]

Early History of the Robins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robins research. Another 44 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1279, 1279, 1511, 1562, 1563, 1576, 1500, 1558, 1520, 1532, 1650, 1652, 1600, 1662 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Robins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Robins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Robins, Robyns, Robbins, Robbings, Robbens, Robens and many more.

Early Notables of the Robins family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Robins (born ca. 1511) , an English politician, Member of Parliament for Dover (1562-1563) and Mayor of Dover (1576); John Robins (1500-1558), was an English astrologer, born in Staffordshire. Educated at Oxford, he was elected a fellow of All Souls in 1520. He was in 1532 made a canon...
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United States Robins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sampson Robins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Lawrence Robins, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • Grace Robins, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • Elizabeth Robins, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [4]
  • Joseph Robins, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
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Robins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Robins, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [4]
  • James Robins, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [4]
Robins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathaniel Robins, aged 60, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Bridget Robins, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Cornielus Henry Robins, who landed in Arkansas in 1880 [4]
  • Edward A Robins, who arrived in Arkansas in 1880 [4]
  • Philip Robins, who landed in Virginia in 1884 [4]
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Canada Robins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Robins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Robert Robins U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. Richard Robins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Ensign. John Robins U.E. (b. 1756) born in New Jersey, USA from Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Bedeque, Island of Saint John (Prince Edward Island) c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers 1st Battalion and King's Rangers 1st Battalion, married to Mary Hooper having 6 children, he died in 1797 [5]
  • Mr. Richard Robins U.E. (b. 1724) from Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Bedeque, Island of Saint John (Prince Edward Island) c. 1784 father of John Robins, he had 2 other children, he died in 1785 [5]
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Robins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Robins, who arrived in Canada in 1834

Australia Robins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Robins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Robins, a plasterer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Robins (b. 1808), aged 22, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 20th April 1830, sentenced for 14 years for stealing clothing from his employer, Elizabeth Goodman, transported aboard the ship "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830 to New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Elizabeth Robins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [7]
  • Richard Robins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [8]
  • Emma Robins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 [9]
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New Zealand Robins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Robins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Robins, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Benjamin Robins, aged 17, a clerk, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Charles W. Robins, aged 15, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Robins (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Thomas Matthews Robins (1881-1965), American Deputy Chief of Engineers (1943-1945) [10]
  • Charles Armington Robins (1884-1970), American physician and politician, the 22nd Governor of Idaho (1947-1951)
  • Oliver Robins (b. 1971), American writer, director and former child actor, best known for his role as Robbie Freeling in the 1982 movie Poltergeist
  • Thomas Ellis Robins KBE, DSO (1884-1962), 1st Baron Robins, American-born British businessman and public servant
  • Augustine Warner Robins (1882-1940), American brigadier general, namesake to the Air force base and city of Warner Robins in Georgia
  • Frank E. Robins Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956 [11]
  • Ezekiel Robins, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1797-99, 1800-03 [11]
  • Claude R. Robins, American politician, Mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1953-55 [11]
  • Charles Armington Robins (1884-1970), American Republican politician, Member of Idaho State Senate, 1938-44; Governor of Idaho, 1947-51; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1948 [11]
  • C. B. Robins, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 24th District, 1927-28 [11]
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Walter John Robins (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. R Anthony C R Robins (b. 1917), English Sub-Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Charles V Robins (b. 1919), English Yeoman of Signals serving for the Royal Navy from Battle, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Peter E Robins, British Leading Seaman Able Bodied, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. T. "Edward Kyle" Robins, English Able-Bodied Seaman, from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alexander A. Robins (d. 1912), aged 50, English Third Class passenger from St Austell, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [16]
  • Mrs. Grace Charity Robins (d. 1912), (née Laury), aged 47, English Third Class passenger from St Austell, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [16]


The Robins Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Poictiers.htm
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Thomas Robins. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Robins/Thomas_Matthews/USA.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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