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Robin

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334k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Robin mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Robin

"Robin" is a name of English origin, and it means "Bright fame". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rob"in
A small European singing bird (Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast robinet, and ruddock.An American singing bird (Merula migratoria), having the breast chestnut, or dull red. The upper parts are olive-gray, the head and tail blackish. Called also robin redbreast, and migratory thrush.Any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera Petroica Melanadrays, and allied genera; as, the scarlet-breasted robin Petroica mullticolor .Any one of several Asiatic birds; as, the Indian robins . See Indian robin, below.

Etymology: Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruodin comp.; akin to AS. hr�� glory, fame, Goth. hr�peigs victorius) + beraht bright. See Bright Hob a clown

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large American thrush having a rust-red breast and abdomen
  2. Small Old World songbird with a reddish breast
Wiktionary

Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of Robert

  1. A male given name.
  2. A female given name, also associated with the bird robin.
  3. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.
  4. (soccer) Someone connected with any number of sports teams known as the Robins, as a fan, player, coach, etc.

Robin was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Estonian, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Robin

Robin Williams was an actor and comedian. His career lasted from 1976 to 2014. Robin was given the name Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He breathed his last breath on August 11th, 2014.

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Robin Wright is an actress and director. Her ongoing career started in 1983. Robin was given the name Robin Gayle Wright on April 8th, 1966 in Dallas, Texas, United States. Robin is also known as Robin Wright Penn.

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Robin van Persie is a soccer player for the Fenerbahçe S.K. (football), S.B.V. Excelsior, Feyenoord Academy (Varkenoord), Feyenoord, Arsenal F.C., Manchester United F.C., Netherlands national under-17 football team, Netherlands national under-19 football team, and Netherlands national under-21 foot. Robin was born on August 6th, 1983 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Robin Gibb was a musician. His career lasted from 1955 to 2012. Robin was given the name Robin Hugh Gibb on December 22nd, 1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man. He breathed his last breath on May 20th, 2012.

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Robin Thicke is a singer, songwriter, and record producer. Robin was given the name Robin Charles Thicke on March 10th, 1977 in Los Angeles.

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Robin Tunney is an actress. She was most active from 1992 to present. Robin was born on June 19th, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Robin

Christopher Robin is a fictional character.

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Rockin' Robin is a wrestler. Rockin' was born on October 9th, 1964.

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Corey was born in 1967.

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Robin is a pop music singing. He was most prominent from 2008 to present. Robin was given the name Robin Packalen on August 24th, 1998 in Turku. Robin is also known as Packalen and Robin.

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Marthe was born on March 13th, 1902 in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure. She breathed her last breath on February 6th, 1981.

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Mado Robin was an opera musician. Mado was given the name Madeleine Marie Robin on December 29th, 1918. She passed away on December 10th, 1960.

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How popular is the baby name Robin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 5 0 5
1887 5 0 5
1888 6 0 6
1889 6 0 6
1893 8 0 8
1896 6 0 6
1898 6 0 6
1899 5 0 5
1901 5 0 5
1903 5 0 5
1904 12 6 6
1905 5 0 5
1906 6 0 6
1907 6 0 6
1908 5 0 5
1909 12 5 7
1910 6 6 0
1911 8 0 8
1912 26 8 18
1913 21 10 11
1914 32 6 26
1915 44 17 27
1916 33 6 27
1917 44 11 33
1918 39 19 20
1919 40 8 32
1920 66 20 46
1921 53 15 38
1922 70 33 37
1923 60 24 36
1924 72 30 42
1925 89 42 47
1926 82 19 63
1927 95 38 57
1928 90 36 54
1929 107 47 60
1930 121 50 71
1931 98 38 60
1932 126 58 68
1933 128 59 69
1934 161 65 96
1935 156 65 91
1936 149 69 80
1937 173 80 93
1938 229 104 125
1939 297 131 166
1940 407 206 201
1941 447 239 208
1942 567 310 257
1943 570 333 237
1944 643 375 268
1945 915 621 294
1946 1,202 773 429
1947 1,502 937 565
1948 1,666 1,094 572
1949 1,939 1,283 656
1950 2,731 1,992 739
1951 3,846 2,891 955
1952 4,727 3,642 1,085
1953 7,764 6,037 1,727 #66 girl name
1954 10,830 9,042 1,788 #41 girl name
1955 12,055 10,217 1,838 #33 girl name
1956 13,863 11,621 2,242 #29 girl name
1957 14,442 12,575 1,867 #30 girl name
1958 12,983 11,538 1,445 #32 girl name
1959 14,387 12,859 1,528 #32 girl name
1960 15,413 13,980 1,433 #33 girl name
1961 17,489 15,639 1,850 #27 girl name
1962 16,663 15,131 1,532 #25 girl name
1963 15,791 14,433 1,358 #25 girl name
1964 15,493 14,330 1,163 #27 girl name
1965 12,906 11,991 915 #33 girl name
1966 10,295 9,442 853 #42 girl name
1967 8,323 7,693 630 #46 girl name
1968 8,776 8,182 594 #43 girl name
1969 8,025 7,502 523 #46 girl name
1970 7,614 7,002 612 #51 girl name
1971 6,778 6,215 563 #51 girl name
1972 5,887 5,370 517 #55 girl name
1973 5,204 4,806 398 #60 girl name
1974 4,948 4,524 424 #64 girl name
1975 4,742 4,331 411 #65 girl name
1976 4,017 3,623 394 #75 girl name
1977 3,799 3,430 369 #84 girl name
1978 3,827 3,442 385 #89 girl name
1979 3,706 3,207 499 #95 girl name
1980 3,250 2,807 443
1981 3,323 2,867 456
1982 3,174 2,768 406
1983 2,799 2,387 412
1984 2,547 2,113 434
1985 2,383 2,011 372
1986 2,619 2,265 354
1987 2,214 1,911 303
1988 2,090 1,765 325
1989 2,125 1,801 324
1990 1,693 1,412 281
1991 1,540 1,234 306
1992 1,354 1,055 299
1993 1,292 997 295
1994 1,029 799 230
1995 951 726 225
1996 897 719 178
1997 771 596 175
1998 654 496 158
1999 620 462 158
2000 559 423 136
2001 491 359 132
2002 393 271 122
2003 367 255 112
2004 384 252 132
2005 344 214 130
2006 345 225 120
2007 343 214 129
2008 306 188 118
2009 270 178 92
2010 265 158 107
2011 247 146 101
2012 279 175 104
2013 346 189 157
2014 416 225 191
2015 473 260 213
2016 406 237 169

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Popularity of Robin as a first name

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Popularity of Robin as a last name

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Common last names for Robin

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Hill
  • White
  • Roberts
  • Jackson
  • Anderson
  • Allen
  • Walker

Common first names for Robin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Robin U.S.
  White 81.68% 64.26%
  African American 10.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Robin

People with the last name Robin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Robin

  • How Popular is the name Robin? Robin is the 214th most popular name of all time. As a last name Robin was the 6,510th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Robin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 333,559 babies born with the first name Robin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Robin to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Robin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Robin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Robin is Saturday, May 20th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Robin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Robin was in 1961 with a total of 15,639 babies. That's a lot of babies named Robin!
  • Random Robin Factoid: According to the 1978 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Robin ranks 91st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 164 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1978.
  • Weird things about the name Robin: Your name in reverse order is Nibor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bonir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Robin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,212 people with the last name Robin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Robin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Robin as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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