Meaning and Origins of the Name Robin

The meaning of name Robin comes from a German origin meaning “bright fame”. Robin’s popularity in recent times has not made it to the top 100 lists of boy’s names. The name Robin is from the Medieval ages as a form of Robert. It has had common usage throughout the English, Dutch and the Swedish people.

Popularity of the Name

It has not made the ranks as a top 100 boys’ name in recent times in England (Government Statistics) but had a big surge back in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Today, the name is mostly categorized as unisex, and is actually more often used for girls.

Some Famous People Called Robin

Robin Williams (comedian) and Robin Gibbs (Bee Gee’s artist) are well known male celebrities with the name.
In literature, Robin, is well known for Robin Hood, the famous Sherwood Forest hero who stole from the rich to give to the poor. Also, Christopher Robin, the little boy owner of the bear that captured our hearts in childhood, Winnie-the-Pooh. Less known is a famous character from Shakespeare that is mostly just known as Puck. His given name was Robin Goodfellow.

Useful Resources

  • Checkout our comprehensive list of English boys names here
  • And the most popular male names can be found here