ROBINSON - Name Meaning & Origin

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ROBINSON Surname Meaning & Origin:

The most likely origin of this surname is "son of Robin," although it may also derive from the Polish word "rabin," meaning rabbi.

Surname Origin:

English, Jewish

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Famous People with the Surname ROBINSON:

  • Jackie Robinson - first African American Major League Baseball player
  • Joan Robinson - British economist
  • Smokey Robinson - American singer, songwriter, producer

Genealogy Resources for the Surname ROBINSON:

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Robinson Genealogy
Learn about the descendants of Reverend John Robinson and beyond on this well organized family Web site.

Robinson DNA Surname Project
This DNA study is testing the DNA of numerous Robinson family lines in the hopes of making genealogical connections.

Robinson Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Robinson surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Robinson query.

FamilySearch - ROBINSON Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Robinson surname and its variations.

ROBINSON Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Robinson surname.

Cousin Connect - ROBINSON Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Robinson, and sign up for free notification when new Robinson queries are added. - ROBINSON Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Robinson.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.