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Quick Facts on Robin

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Bright, famous (Robert); A red-breasted songbird

Characteristics of Robin

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Robin

Robin started out as a masculine name, as an Old French diminutive of Robert, before transforming into a gender-neutral given name. Most people are familiar with the red-breasted songbird known as the “robin”, but the masculine diminutive actually came first. In Olde English the songbird was originally called “rudduc” (from “rudu” meaning “red-colored”), but by the early Modern Era (c. 15th century), robin replaced rudduc as the little bird’s name. The name Robin features prominently in medieval English folklore in the personae of two men: Robin Hood and Robin Goodfellow (see literary references below). Robin has generally been considered a masculine name in Europe, but in the United States it’s always been more popular for baby girls. Today, as an independently given name, Robin does quite well in France, Belgium and the Netherlands (for boys). In the Netherlands, Robin also shows up on the female naming charts. It is no longer a top 1000 choice in the United States for either gender.

Popularity of the Name Robin

No question about it, Robin is a unisex name in the United States (although historically quite a bit more popular for baby girls). Today neither gender receives this moniker very often, but there was a time when it was quite fashionable. For baby boys, the name attained Top 1000 status in 1926 and for baby girls in 1932. By 1944 the name had achieved more popularity for girls over boys, and has remained that way until today. While the name fell off America’s Top 1000 list on the male naming charts in 1999 followed by the female charts in 2004, it was given to about 100 baby boys in 2012 and 175 baby girls (so it’s not out of circulation – it’s just much less popular).
Popularity of the Unisex Name Robin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Robin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Robin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Robin

    Robin Goodfellow (English Folklore) Robin Goodfellow is actually an alias for a “puck”, a mischievous woodland spirit (and, in fact, the word “pixie” is a diminutive of puck). Pucks specialize in minor crimes, such as making milk go sour, or blowing out candles in the dark so they can kiss the girls, or making you lose your way – “Robin Goodfellow has been with you tonight”. At the same time, however, Robin Goodfellow is just as capable of being a good fellow; he will keep you out of harm’s way and help with the household chores, as long as he is treated well. Mr. Shakespeare went a long way toward popularizing pucks with his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and “Puck” took off as personal name as well as a name for a group of beings. At any rate, personal or impersonal, we like the “puckish” image of our Robin Goodfellow.

    Robin Hood (English Folklore) Robin Hood is one of the most famous characters in English folklore. Although we know him today as the merry archer and swordsman who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, his genesis did not exactly include that altruistic behavior. The oldest references to Robin Hood as a popular figure in the 13th century paint him as a yeoman, or commoner, and an outlaw without any particular allegiances. Later, in the 16th century, Robin Hood’s legend has fleshed out to have him as a disaffected member of the aristocracy, beholden to King Richard the Lionheart over his brother, Prince John. He is a champion of women, a debunker of the Church and a leader of a “merry” band of men in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Toward the 19th century, Robin has acquired his defining characteristic, that of blue-blooded champion of the poor. He took on a romantic companion as well, the lovely Maid Marian, and was portrayed as a noble Saxon defying the Normans. Robin Hood’s popularity grows out of the attention paid to him by such literary eminences as Sir Walter Scott, Keats, Tennyson and T. H. White, while later adaptation of the legend for children cemented Robin Hood’s place in the public consciousness. To this day, the legend of Robin Hood is kept alive by movies, television, books, toys and games.

    Robin the Boy Wonder (Batman Series) Robin is the sidekick of Batman in the DC Comics series, as one half of the Dynamic Duo, aka the Caped Crusaders. Robin made his debut a year after Batman, being introduced in Detective Comics #38 in 1940. Obviously inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, young Robin has the look of the medieval character as depicted by artist N. C. Wyeth. As Batman is the alter ego of Bruce Wayne, so Robin is that of Dick Grayson (among many others); he is the child of circus performers who were killed when their trapeze was tampered with. Wayne takes the young boy in and trains him to be his loyal assistant. The Robin character goes through many incarnations over the years and different media (he is even a girl in “The Dark Knight Returns”), but our favorite is that of Dick Grayson, the Boy Wonder who plays the ever eager Dr. Watson to Bruce Wayne’s Batman.

  • Popular Songs on Robin

    Popular Songs on Robin

    His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin - by Carly Simon

    Rantin' Rovin Robin - a song by Andy M. Stewart

    Robin - a song by Seals & Crofts

    Robin Hood - a song by 38 Special

    Robin Lench - a song by Ice Cube

    Rockin' Robin - a song by Bobby Day

    Rockin' Robin - a song by The Hollies

    Rockin' Robin - a song by Michael Jackson

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Robin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Robin

    Robin: Lady of Legend (R.M. ArceJaeger) - The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood (2nd prize winner in Amazon’s “breakthrough novel award” contest. Robin Hood is given an incredible spin in this fast-paced, exciting adventure story by #1 Amazon bestselling author R.M. ArceJaeger. When circumstances force Robin of Locksley to flee her home, she is thrust into an outlaw life in Sherwood forest. Disguised as a man for protection, she soon finds herself at the center of a band of outcasts where her archery skills, integrity, and force of character propel her into a leadership role. With a secret to hide, a band to sustain, and a Sheriff hot on her trail, Robin will need all her courage and ingenuity if she is to survive. Join the journey readers are calling "delightfully clever," "perfectly developed," and "truly amazing" as Robin learns to accept her role as both lady and leader and carves a place for herself as one of history's greatest heroes. Recommended for ages 13+

    The Adventures of Robin Hood (Howard Pyle) - He robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, and had escapades enough to please any adventure-loving child. Now even the youngest readers can have the chance to enter Sherwood Forest with Robin's band of merry men, and meet such unforgettable characters as Friar Tuck, Little John, Allan-a-Dale, the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham, and wicked King John. Every moment of the story is filled with action and excitement. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Adventures of Robin Hood (Roger Green) - The classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning. Robin Hood, champion of the poor and oppressed, stands against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking refuge in the vast Sherwood Forest with his band of men, he remains determined to outwit his enemies. Brilliantly introduced by bestselling author John Boyne. Recommended for ages 9-14.

  • Famous People Named Robin

    Famous People Named Robin

    Famous People Named Robin - Robin Williams (comic/actor); Robin Wright Penn (actress); Robin Tunney (actress); Robin Givens (actress); Robin Quivers (co-host of the Howard Stern Show); Robin Gibb (musician); Robin Söderling (Swedish tennis player); Robin Thicke (musician/actor); Robin Haase (Dutch tennis player); Robin van Persie (Dutch footballer); Robin Leach (TV host); Robin Ventura (baseball player); Robin Cousins (British figure skater)

  • Children of Famous People Named Robin

    Children of Famous People Named Robin

    Famous People who Named their Child Robin - Alan Thicke (actor); Bjorn Borg (tennis player); Dale Evans (actress); Doc Severison (musician); George Bush (former U.S. President); Pat Kennedy Lawford (sister of JFK); Robin Gibb (musician); Roy Rogers (entertainer)

  • Historic Figures

    Robin - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Robin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Robin.

Personality of the Unisex Name Robin

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Robin

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