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What does the name Robinson mean?

The Robinson surname is common in the United Kingdom, where it is the fifteenth most popular. Similarly, it is the twentieth most common in the United States. Due to English settlement of the province of Ulster, this surname can also be found relatively often in Northern Ireland. Robinson is thought to be most often a patronymic surname that originated in England, deriving from a description of 'son of Robin (a common diminutive of Robert)'. More rarely, the surname Robinson can sometimes be encountered as an anglicisation of some Jewish names like Rubenstein and Rabinowitz.

The earliest occurrence of the Robinson surname in our family history documents is from 1433, and we currently have 5,253,657 records where Robinson appears.

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