Robin Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Robin:
Feminine form of Robert (bright fame), a French name brought to England by the Normans.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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There is nothing wrong with the name Robin, for other people. For myself, I despised it so much I legally changed it when I was old enough and nobody could stop me. The fact that I got tired of always having to clarify that I was a girl, was only one problem. Constant teasing, not just from kids at school but also from adult family members, was just too much for me. The schoolyard chant rhyming my name with "big fat blobbin" was only the tip of the iceberg. Do you know how creepy it is for a little girl to have her grandfather joking about her having a red breast? If the only time you ever hear your name is when you're being made fun of or yelled at, you learn to hate the sound of it! The fact that my middle name could also be either male or female, and the fact that my last name was also easy to make fun of, only made matters worse.
How well I know, I was cursed with a last name that everybody made fun of, and I also hated the sound of it. I finally changed it and moved to a different state. Now nobody thinks of me as a freak anymore.
My last name is Hood, and my parents were going to name me Robin to be cute. But people talked them out of it, thank God!
My name is Robin, and I love my name! Like someone else commented, I got some ribbing for my name (Rockin' Robin, Batman & Robin, Robin red breast, etc), but hey, kids will be kids, right? I took it in stride, and joked along with them. I've also come across people who thought that Robin was a male's name (spent some time abroad, and around internationals here in the States). Because the name can be for either female or male, I think it gives the bearer more strength. Those types of names (the ambiguous ones) really appeal to me, in general. I was born in Morocco, and use the name "MoroccanRobin" (a nod to Rockin' Robin!) in many forums, etc. Hello to the other Robins out there!
On a final note: It does annoy me a bit when people misspell my name! For goodness sake, spelling it with an "i" is traditional, and should be the default. I've gotten a lot of "Robyn" misspellings over the years (mostly the recent years). I'm not sure if it's due to the current trend of replacing an "i" with a "y" in names (so trendy!), or if people, in general, have just become terrible spellers! :)
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My name is Robin, and I love it!! It's fairly unique, but easy to remember and spell, and I think it's just a cute name in general. I have never ever wanted to change my name, even during the inevitable "middle school identity crisis" that pretty much every child faces.
P.S. Spell it with the "I" and then your girl can dot the "I" all cute if she wants to someday. :)
Robins are often portrayed as industrious, "can-do" birds, who are frequently rewarded for their work ethic. In some tribes, the bright red color of a robin's breast is associated with fire, and robins feature in legends as either guardian or thief of fire. In other legends, the caring parental behavior of robins is noted, and in some tribes it is considered good luck for a pregnant woman to see robins feeding their young. In the Blackfoot tribe, robins are a symbol of peace and the presence of robins was said to be a sign that a camp or village would be safe from attack. The Hopi see the robin as a directional guardian, associated with the south.
Native American Totem;
Robin (commonly referred to as Robin Redbreast) teaches that change can be accomplished with joy and happiness in your heart. Robin signifies growth and rebirth in areas of your life that have become stagnant. In order to do so, sing your own song or dance to your own drummer, and move forward. Trust in yourself and in your own intuition. The Robin’s cycle of power is spring.
My name is also Robin, and I must point out the issues I had with my name while living overseas. People in Germany and England found it very odd to have a girl named Robin, and often joked about the connection with Robin Hood. Not a deal-breaker, but something to consider if your family will live overseas at any point.
I share the name of Robin. I am definitely not fond of it. I have been taunted by peers and teachers for my name. Rockin' Robin, being compared to a bird, and Batman and Robin have all turned me off of my own name a long time ago. It is also not as easy to spell as one ould think, I have gotten everything; Robyn, Robbin, Robinn, Robbyn. You would figure it's fairly easy to spell, but apparently it isn't.
My daughter's name is Robin and we love the name. She is bright, curious, and charming, just like a little bird. People often compliment us on choosing a simple, classic name that is both unusual yet familiar.
My name is Robin, and I would certainly recommend it to others. Throughout my school career I never had another Robin in my class and only two others went to my school. It's always a big deal whenever I meet another Robin which is fun. I love the references to pop culture and find them adorable (in high school I was Robin Hood one year and Batman's sidekick another year). I also love that I was named after a bird and that my name has meaning and isn't just another simple, girly name! The nicknames for this name are also great. I've heard Rob, Robs, Robeen, and Robby(usually that one is from small children:) I also love that whenever I heard my name I know people are talking to me.
My kid sister's name is Robin and we call her Robbie most of the time. I like it a whole lot better than my first name, which is Virgil (don't get me started). The only other Robin I've ever known was a boy I worked with when I was a teenager. Robbie and my coworker were nothing alike. My sister is shy, brilliant, and a bit of a pushover. My coworker was gregarious, fickle, and he had a great sense of humour.
- Nicknames for Robin: | Edit
Rob, Robi, Robbie, Bobbie,Ro
- Meanings and history of the name Robin: | Edit
Hey,i am Robin too. It is my middle name and i just got to find out the meaning of the name..."bright fame," awesome. Imagine my excitement after hearing friends make fun of the name calling me roben, moben and others telling me its a male name. I love all my names (Sepo means hope and Robin means bright fame). :)
- Famous real-life people named Robin: | Edit
Robin Wright-Penn, American actress.
Robin Bush (Pauline Robinson Bush), first daughter of President George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush.
Robin Quivers, American radio personality.
Robin Roberts, American newscaster.
- Robin in song, story & screen: | Edit
Robin Scherbatsky - Character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"