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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Irish


Robinson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived 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.

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Robinson has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Robinson, Robenson, Robbison, Robbinson, McRobin and others.

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, and a Thomas Robynson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax returns of 1379. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robinson research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1576, 1625, 1610, 1669, 1614, 1655, 1615, 1680, 1660, 1667, 1662, 1629, 1689, 1660, 1668, 1717, 1705 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Robinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 257 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Robinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Robinsons to arrive on North American shores:

Robinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Robinson, who immigrated to Virginia in 1606
  • Isaac and Bridget Robinson, who arrived in Plymouth in 1629
  • Constance Robinson, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Goodwyn John Robinson, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Daniell Robinson, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651


Robinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Robinson, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • David Robinson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Anne Robinson, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Catherine and Charles Robinson, who came to Virginia in 1730
  • James Robinson came to Virginia in 1775

Robinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Aistroppe Robinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Barber Robinson, aged 5, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Hugh Robinson, who landed in America in 1809
  • Isabella Robinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Gilbert Robinson, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812


Robinson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • William Robinson, who arrived in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1677

Robinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Charles Robinson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ben j Robinson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Edward Robinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Hannah Robinson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Elizabeth Robinson, aged 30, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775


Robinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Robinson, who emigrated from Tipperary to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1831
  • George Robinson, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Joseph Robinson, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Bess Robinson, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Sarah Robinson, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast


Robinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Robinson, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Robinson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Robinson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Robinson, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Robinson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


Robinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Robinson, aged 39, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mary Robinson, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Frederick Robinson, aged 20, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Amelia Robinson, aged 16, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Robert Leavesly Robinson, aged 40, a tailor, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841


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  • James McConkey Robinson (1924-2016), American scholar and academic, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
  • Cynthia Robinson (1946-2015), African-American musician, best known for being the trumpeter and vocalist in Sly and the Family Stone
  • Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (1911-2015), American activist and leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama, recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 1990
  • William Lee Robinson (1943-2015), American politician, Member of the Georgia Senate (1974-1982), Mayor of Macon, Georgia (1987-1991)
  • Lenny B. Robinson (1964-2015), American impersonator known as the Baltimore Batman for visiting children in Baltimore, Maryland-area hospitals in a Batman costume
  • Adrian Lynn Robinson Jr. (1989-2015), American NFL football linebacker
  • Mr. Charles E. H. Robinson (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Prudence Mary Rose Robinson (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Emily Robinson (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger, Maid to the Pope family from Farmington, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Allan William Robinson (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Clay Centre, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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  • Descendants of John Craig, Esquire and John Robinson, Senior, Scotch-Irish Immigrants to Lancaster County, South Carolina by Eloise Craig.
  • Pioneer Pond People Plus Robinson and Allied Families by Betty Pond Snyder.
  • Robinson and Related Families (1700-1990: Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama by Delton D. Blalock.
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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Robinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Robinson 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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