Robin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: English/French
Eng (RAH-bin); Fre (hroh-BAHn); Swe (ROH-bin)

Though the name has become increasinly feminine over years, and is now considered somewhat of a “mom” name, Robin is currently a fashionable male name in several countries.

Robin is a Middle English diminutive form of RobertIt is often associated with Robin Hood of Legend. Robin has been used as an independent given name since at least the 19th-century. Its usage on females began in the 1930s, (most likely being influenced by the bird). It first entered the top 1000 for females in 1932. The highest it ranked for females was in in 1962/1963 when it was consecutively the 25th most popular name for girls in the United States. Despite its popularity on females in the 60s, Robin did not fall out of the U.S. top 1000 for boys during those years. The highest he ever ranked was in 1956 when it was the 147th most popular male name. As of 2011, Robin does not rank in the U.S. top 1000 for either males or females.

His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 45 (France, 2010)
  • # 60 (Belgium, 2008)
  • # 61 (Netherlands, 2011)
  • # 83 (Sweden, 2011)

An obscure Scottish feminine form is Robina.

Robert, Robin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “bright fame.”

The name is composed of the Germanic elements, hrod (fame) and beraht meaning (bright). In Pre-Norman England, the name existed in the form of Hreodbeorht and was replaced by the now more favored Robert after the Norman Conquest.

The name has been consistently popular in the English-speaking world since. It has been worn by hundreds of notable bearers, including two French kings, three Scottish kings, (Robert the Bruce being one) and several saints.

Currently, Robert ranks in as the 49th most popular male name in the United States, (2008). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 80 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
  • # 89 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 44 (Hungary, 2008)
  • # 49 (Ireland, 2008)
  • # 56 (Scotland, 2009)

Robert has introduced several offshoots, the Medieval English diminutive form of Robin was the name of the protagonist of the legendary Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. It is also used in Scandinavia and in German-speaking countries.

Its low Germanic counterpart of Rupert was popularized in Austria via an early Christian saint and was later introduced into England by Prince Rupert of the Rhine, a military commander and nephew of King Charles I. The name has enjoyed some usage in England ever since.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Hreodbeorht (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Roupen (Armenian)
  • Roparzh/Roperzh (Breton)
  • Robert Роберт (Catalan/Danish/Dutch/Croatian/Czech/English/Estonian/Finnish/French/German/Polish/Romanian/Russian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Robrecht (Dutch/Afrikaans: rare, archaic)
  • Rupert (Dutch/English/German/Polish)
  • Robin (English/Finnish/Scandinavian)
  • Roobert (Finnish)
  • Roopertti (Finnish)
  • Robèrto (Fruilian)
  • Roberte (Galician)
  • Robrecht (German: rare, archaic)
  • Rodebrecht/Rotebert (German: rare, archaic)
  • Rudbert/Ruotbert (German: archaic)
  • Ruprecht (German: rare, archaic)
  • Rovēros/Rovértos Ροβῆρος Ροβέρτος (Greek)
  • Röpke (Frisian/Plattdeutsch)
  • Róbert (Hungarian/Icelandic/Slovak)
  • Roibeard (Irish-Gaelic)
  • Robertino (Italian: rare, originally a diminutive form)
  • Roberto (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Robertus/Rupertus (Late Latin)
  • Roberts (Latvian)
  • Robertu (Leonese/Sardinian)
  • Robertas (Lithuanian)
  • Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Robbetto (Sicilian)
  • Ruperto (Spanish)
  • Ropati (Tahitian)
  • Hopkin/Hopcyn (Welsh: originally a Medieval Welsh diminutive, occasionally used as an independent given name and now more associated with the surname).
  • Robat/Rhobert (Welsh)

Diminutives forms abound, which include: Bob, Bobbie, Rob and Robbie (English), Hob, Dob and Dobby (Medieval English diminutive forms no longer in usage), Rab/Rabbie (Scottish), Robbi (Icelandic), Röbi Swiss German, Robban (Swedish), Robercik/Robuś (Polish), and Roope/Pertti (Finnish).

A common feminine form is Roberta, which is used in English, German, Polish, Italian and Spanish. Common English short forms are Bobbie and Bertie.

A more obscure Italian/Spanish feminine form is Robertina.

Robina is a Renaissance Scots feminine form of Robin.

Name-days are: April 29 (Czech Republic/Germany/Poland), April 30 (France), June 7 (Estonia/Hungary/Poland/Slovakia/Sweden), July 18 (Poland).

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/robert
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/robert?view=uk