Origin of the Name Robbins
The origin of the name Robbins
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Robbins is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Robert', a name of great antiquity. The root name means 'bright with fame' and there are a number of variants including Robbin, Robison, Robson, Robinson, Robeson and Robin. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Dera Robins, of Cambridge, and a John Robin, of Oxford, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Thomas Robyson was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A John Robynsone was Bailie of Glasgow, Scotland , in the year 1477.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
As McRobbin the name is an anglicized form of the Gaelic MacRoibin, also changed to MacCribben and Gribben.
The Robbins coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Robbins descendants.