Robin Name Meaning & Origin

Robin

Pronunciation: RAH-bin (key)

Origin of the name Robin:

Originally a pet form of the name Robert (bright fame), Robin is now commonly used in reference to the bird of the same name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Robert, Robinson

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Comments and insights on the name Robin

Although Robin is thought of as a male name it is a unisex name, although I can't say I've ever met a boy named Robin.

Don't name a boy Robin! When he goes to school, all he'll hear is "Where's Batman?"

Do not name a boy Robin unless your lass name is Hood! (lol)

It's a nice name, but Robin Thicke kind of ruined it for me. But then again, there's the legend that was Robin Williams... So maybe not totally ruined. :)

It started out as a boy's name, but got taken over by the girls. I wouldn't name a boy Robin, it sounds too feminine.

It is quite predominantly a male name in Europe, and I think it is staying unisex in the USA purely on the strength of Robin Williams and Robin Hood.

Personal experiences with the name Robin

My nana Grandmother is named Robin, I also attend university with a girl named Robin. Such a cute name, I named my daughter Robin also.

I always think of Robin as a girl's name; I can't imagine it for a boy, it sounds too feminine. But if he was called Rob for short, that wouldn't be bad, as Rob sounds very masculine.

If you like the nickname Rob, stick with Robert. Nobody names a girl Robert.

Nicknames for Robin

Rob, Robbie

Meanings and history of the name Robin

For a name that feels as Anglo as Robin, it is really fascinating how widespread it’s use has become in recent decades in central and Western Europe in countries like Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. It makes it a much more international name than you’d initially realize.

Famous real-life people named Robin

Robin Williams, actor RIP 8/11/14
Robin Gibb, singer with "The Bee Gees"
Robin Leach (b. 1941), host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Robin Söderling, Swedish professional tennis player.
Robin Thicke, American R&B singer.
Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher.
Robin Wright, American actress stared in Forest Gump and House of Cards
Robin Yount, former shortstop, center fielder, and Hall of Famer for the Milwaukee Brewers, also creator of “Robinade” lemonade.

Robin in song, story & screen

Robin the Boy Wonder, Batman's sidekick
Christopher Robin, little guy in Winnie the Pooh books
Brave Sir Robin, from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Robin Hood, archetypal figure in English folklore
Robin Scherbatsky, from How I Met Your Mother.

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