The surname Robbins is of English origin. The name is a double diminutive of the given name Robert, from the nickname Rob. The name signifies ‘the son of Robert’. The given name Robert is one of the many French names of Germanic origin that were introduced into Britian by the Normans. It is composed of the elements ‘hrod’, fame and ‘berht’, bright, famous. It had a native Old English predecessor of similar form ‘Hreodbeorht’, which was supplanted by the Norman name. It was the name borne by two dukes of Normandy in the eleventh century: the father of William the Conqueror ( sometimes identified with the legendary Robert the Devil ), and his eldest son. It was borne by three kings of Scotland, notably Robert the Bruce ( 1274-1329 ), who freed England from English domination. Rodbert and Rodbriht are the usual forms which appear in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. Robert is also a common French surname; it also occurs with the diminutive suffixes -et, -in, -on. The surname is also occasionally borne by Jews as an anglicization of like sounding Hebrew names, such as, Rabin. The name dates back to the eleventh century were a R… Coat of arms: Gules a l…
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