The origins of the name Robisson are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name Robin,
which was the diminutive of the personal name
surnames arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions.
Early Origins of the Robisson family
The surname Robisson 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. 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)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Robisson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robisson research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 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 Robisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Robisson Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Robisson has been spelled many different ways, including Robinson, Robenson, Robbison, Robbinson, McRobin and others.
Early Notables of the Robisson family (pre 1700)
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 Robisson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Robisson family to Ireland
Some of the Robisson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 226 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Robisson family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Robissons to arrive in North America: John Robinson, who immigrated to Virginia in 1606; Isaac and Bridget Robinson, who arrived in Plymouth in 1629; Alister, Charles, James, and Daniel Robinson, who all settled in Boston in 1651.