Robinson Family name Meaning "son of Robert"; "Robert" means "fame-bright" Region of origin England Language(s) of origin Old English Related names Hopkins, Robertson, Robyns, Robins, Robens, Robbings, Robens, Robeson, Robison Footnotes: Frequency comparisons; [1 ] Robinson is an English language patronymic surname, originating in England. It means "son of Robin (a diminutive of Robert)". There are similar surname spellings such as Robison and Robeson. Robinson is the 15th most common surname in the United Kingdom. According to the 1990 United States Census, Robinson was the twentieth most frequently encountered surname among those reported, accounting for 0.23% of the population. [1 ] [2 ]
In Ireland, Robinson is only really common in
Ulster. The two names had been used interchangeably in some areas of the province around the beginning of the 20th century.
Robinson, the compound word, is a rare
given name, while its derivative, Robin, has the distinction of being both a masculine and feminine given name. Given name [edit source | edit ] Surname [edit source | edit ] A–D [edit source | edit ] Abraham Robinson (1918–1974), German-American mathematician Alastair Robinson, British botanist Albert William Robinson (1877–1943) Australian parliamentarian Andrew Robinson (disambiguation) Andy Robinson (born 1964), English rugby union coach and former player Angus Hargreaves Robinson (1907–1973), Australian grazier and ornithologist Arthur Robinson (disambiguation) A. N. R. Robinson (born 1926), the President (1997–2003) and Prime Minister (1986–1991) of Trinidad and Tobago Basil Robinson (1912–1943), British bomber pilot Basil William Robinson (1912–2005), British Asian art scholar and author Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1864–1935), American botanist Bertram Fletcher Robinson (1870–1907), British journalist, editor, author and sportsperson Betty Robinson (1911–1999), American sprinter, winner of the first Olympic 100m for women Bill Robinson (author) (1918–2007), American editor, author and sailor Carl Robinson (born 1976), Welsh football player Charles M. Robinson III, American author and illustrator Charles Mulford Robinson (1869–1917), American city planner and journalist Charles W. Robinson (born 1919), American business person and entrepreneur Chris Robinson (actor) (born 1938), American film and television actor Claire Robinson (born c. 1978), American cook and television host Claude E. Robinson (born 1900), American pioneer in advertising and public opinion research Courtney Robinson (born 1986), American football player Craig Robinson (basketball) (born 1962), American college basketball coach David Robinson (disambiguation) David Robinson (basketball) (born 1965), American basketball player Sir David Robinson (philanthropist) (1904–1987), British philanthropist and entrepreneur Douglas C Robinson (1884–1963), Gloucestershire cricketer Duncan Robinson, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and art historian Dunta Robinson (born 1982), American NFL cornerback, playing for the Houston Texans E–I [edit source | edit ] Eddie N. Robinson (1873–1945), American college football coach Edward G. Robinson (1893–1973), Romanian-American actor Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935), American poet Elisha Smith Robinson, (1817–1885), paper and packaging manufacturer of Bristol, England Ezekiel Gilman Robinson, (1815–1894), American Baptist clergyman Fiona Robinson (born 1969), Australian basketball and handball player Foster Robinson (1880–1957), Gloucestershire cricketer and businessman Frank Robinson (disambiguation) Frank Norman Robinson (1911–1997), Australian wildlife sound recordist and ornithologist Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich (1782–1859), British statesman and prime minister Gaden S. Robinson (1949–2009), British lepidopterist Gene Robinson (born 1947), American, bishop of the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire George Robinson (disambiguation) George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon (1827–1909), British politician Gerald Robinson (born 1938), American priest, convicted of the murder of Margaret Ann Pahl Gerald Robinson (American football) (born 1963), American football player Gerald Robinson (basketball) (born 1984), American basketball player Sir Gerry Robinson (born 1948), Irish-born British businessman Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson (1906–1992), Canadian mathematician Gilbert Robinson, rugby league footballer of the 1930s for Great Britain, Wakefield Trinity, and Castleford Glenn Robinson (born 1973), American NBA basketball player Greg Robinson (born 1951), American football coach and alleged defensive expert Helen Ring Robinson (1878–1923), second woman to serve as a state senator in the United States Henry Robinson (disambiguation) Herbert Christopher Robinson (1874–1929), British zoologist and ornithologist Hercules Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead (1824–1897), British colonial administrator, Governor of Hong Kong Iris Robinson (born 1949), Northern Irish politician J–M [edit source | edit ] James R. Robinson (1860–1950), US industrialist Jack Robinson (disambiguation) Jackie Robinson (1919–1972), first African American Major League Baseball player James Robinson (distance runner) (born 1954), American middle distance runner Jason Robinson (born 1974), English dual-code rugby international Jennifer Robinson (disambiguation) Jerry Robinson, comics artist Joan Robinson (1903–1983), British economist John Robinson (disambiguation) John Alan Robinson (born 1930), American mathematician, logician and philosopher John G. Robinson (1856–1943), British locomotive engineer, chief mechanical engineer of the Great Central Railway from 1900 to 1922 John Thomas Romney Robinson (1792–1882), Irish astronomer and physicist Julia Robinson (née Bowman, 1919–1985), American mathematician, first female president of the AMS Keith Robinson (disambiguation) Sir Ken Robinson (educationalist) (born 1950), British educationalist and author Ken Robinson (field hockey) (born 1971), New Zealand field hockey player Kim Stanley Robinson, (born 1952), American science fiction writer Larry Robinson, (born 1951), Canadian ice hockey player Lucius Robinson (1810–1891), NY Governor 1877–1879 Mark Robinson (Northern Ireland politician), (born 1959), Northern Irish politician Mark Robinson (disambiguation) Mary Robinson (born 1944), first female President of Ireland Mary Robinson (Maid of Buttermere) (1778–1837), English, subject of Melvyn Bragg's novel Maid of Buttermere, and mentioned in William Wordsworth's "Prelude" Mary Robinson (poet) (née Darby, 1756 or 1758–1800), English poetess Mary Robinson, Baroness Grantham (née Yorke, 1757–1830), English peeress Marilynne Robinson (born 1947), American writer Michael Robinson (disambiguation) Michelle Robinson (born 1964), American lawyer and First Lady Moushaumi Robinson (born 1981), American track and field sprinter N–Z [edit source | edit ] Nate Robinson (born 1984), American, NBA basketball player Neville Robinson (1925–1996), British physicist Norm Robinson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach Patricia Robinson, Trinidadian economist Paul Robinson (disambiguation) Peter Robinson (disambiguation) Raphael M. Robinson (1911–1995), American mathematician Ray Charles Robinson (1930–2004), American pianist Richard Robinson (disambiguation) Rix Robinson (1789–1875), American politician Sir Robert Robinson (organic chemist) (1886–1974), Nobel prize for Chemistry winner (1947) Robert Robinson (disambiguation) Ronald Robinson (1920–1999), British historian of Africa Samuel Robinson, alias of South American philosopher and educator Simón Rodríguez (1769–1854) Shawna Robinson (born 1964), American female NASCAR driver Sidney Robinson (disambiguation) Sidney Robinson (politician) (1863–1956), Liberal Party politician in Wales, MP from 1906 to 1922 Sidney Robinson (athlete) (1876–1959), British athlete Sozhasingarayer Robinson (born 1980), Basketball player for India's national team Smokey Robinson (born 1940), African-American R&B and soul singer and songwriter Spider Robinson, (born 1948), American science fiction writer Stanley L. Robinson (1890–1967), American football player and coach Stephen Robinson (born 1955), American astronaut Steve Robinson (boxer) (born 1968), Welsh former world champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson (Walker Smith Jr., 1921–1989), American boxer Thomas Robinson (disambiguation) Thomas Robinson (composer) (c. 1560 – after 1609), English lutenist and composer Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham (c. 1695 – 1770), 1st Baron of Grantham, English diplomatist and politician Tony Robinson (born 1946), British television comedy actor and political campaigner W. Andrew Robinson (born 1957), British author and editor W. Heath Robinson (William Heath Robinson, 1872–1944), British cartoonist and illustrator William Robinson (disambiguation) See also [edit source | edit ] References [edit source | edit ]