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Welcome to the Robinson Nation

Thanks for stopping by our site today! Please feel free to browse our world. To the left you will find links to our family tree (Darwinian Progression) and to some of our favorite things to do and read.

We are 3 strong: John, Jennifer and Isaac Eden. John is originally from Ohio and Jennifer is from Hawkeye Territory (Iowa). Isaac was born in Ohio in 2005. As you will see from our family tree to the left, the Robinson's have been in Ohio for quite some time.. in spite of the weather.

Our interests are varied and extend from playing sports to acting and magic to sewing and design... and on and on. But for now, Isaac is the focus of our energies. Swinging and sliding guides our days, interrupted only for chocolate milk and peanut butter sandwiches...ahh, it's the life indeed.

Welcome, enjoy,

The Robinson's - John, Jennifer and Isaac

Definition of the name Robinson:

1- Son of Robbin or Robin
2- Derived from the Polish word "rabin," meaning rabbi.

Surname Origin: English, Jewish

Alternate Surname Spellings: ROBESON, ROBISON

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Robinson have been found, including Robinson, Robenson, Robbison, Robbinson, McRobin and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where a John Richard Robunson was on record in 1324 in the Court Rolls of the manor of Wakefield, and a Thomas Robynson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax returns of 1379.

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations.

Among the first immigrants of the name Robinson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Robinson, who immigrated to Virginia in 1606; Isaac and Bridget Robinson, who arrived in Plymouth in 1629; Alister, Charles, James, and Daniel Robinson, who all settled in Boston in 1651.

Suggested Readings for the name Robinson:

* Descendants of John Craig, Esquire and John Robinson, Senior, Scotch-Irish Immigrants to Lancaster County, South Carolina by Eloise Craig.
* Pioneer Pond People Plus Robinson and Allied Families by Betty Pond Snyder.
* Robinson and Related Families (1700-1990: Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama by Delton D. Blalock.

Noteworth people with the name Robinson:

* Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949), vaudeville performer who was the first African-American to star in a Ziegfield Follies
* Jack Roosevelt Robinson (1919-1972), the first African-American major league baseball player of the 20th century and an active supporter of political causes
* Ray Charles Robinson (b. 1930), original name of American Ray Charles
* David Robinson, American basketball player
* Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), American baseball player
* Arthur Howard Robinson (b. 1915), American geographer
* Edward Goldenberg Robinson (1893-1973), American Romanian born actor
* Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), American poet
* James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936), American historian
* William Heath Robinson (1872-1944), English artist/cartoonist
* Henry Crabb Robinson (1775-1867), English journalist
* Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901), English photographer
* Hercules George Robert Robinson (1824-1897), English colonial administrator
* Joan Violet Robinson (1903-1983), English economist
* John Robinson (1576-1625), English clergyman
* John Arthur Thomas Robinson (1919-1983), English Anglican prelate
* Mary Robinson (1758-1800), English actress
* Sir Robert Robinson (1886-1975), English chemist
* Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson (1834-1897), English colonial administrator
* Abraham Robinson (1918-1974), mathematician and logician who discovered nonstandard analysis
* Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson (b. 1926), prime minister and president of Trinidad and Tobago
* Smokey Robinson (b. 1940), famous musician hailed as "the poet laureate of soul music"
* Mary Bourke Robinson (b. 1944), Irish Labour politician who became Ireland's first female president
* George Augustus Robinson (1788-1866), Australian social worker
* Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson (1886-1958), Irish dramatist
* William Robinson (1838-1935), Irish gardener and horticulturist
* First Lieutenant James E Robinson Jr., who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945