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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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The surname Robinson 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, and a Thomas Robynson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax returns of 1379. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include 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 Robinson...

Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
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Robinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Robinson, who emigrated from County Tipperary, Ireland to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1831
  • George Robinson, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Joseph Robinson, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Bess Robinson, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Sarah Robinson, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
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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
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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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  • Bryan Keith Robinson (1974-2016), nicknamed "Big Dog," an American NFL football defensive lineman
  • 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
  • J. Mack Robinson (1923-2014), American businessman and philanthropist from Georgia
  • Jay Robinson (1930-2013), American actor, best known for his role as Emperor Caligula in the film The Robe (1953)
  • Barbara Robinson (1927-2013), American author, best known for her children's books The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972) and The Best School Year Ever (1994)
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Robinson Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Thomas E Robinson (b. 1943), American Sergeant from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Robinson, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Olive  Robinson (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Harold  Robinson (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. James William  Robinson (1866-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Emily Ethel  Robinson, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Percy  Robinson (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMS Hood

  • Mr. Percival T Robinson (b. 1910), English Petty Officer Cook serving for the Royal Navy from Buckland, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Peter J Robinson (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Reigate, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur E Robinson (b. 1901), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Sidlesham, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Robinson, British Midshipman Royal Navy Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Robinson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Robinson (1916-1944), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1944
  • Mr. James Robinson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Robinson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. William J Robinson, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald Frederick Robinson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles E. H. Robinson, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Prudence Mary Rose Robinson, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Robinson, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Allan William Robinson, American 3rd Class passenger from Clay Centre, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Edith Robinson, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Annie Robinson, aged 40, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11
  • Mr. James William Robinson (d. 1912), aged 30, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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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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Citations



  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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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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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