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What does Robin mean?

Robin Pronunciation of Robin [robin] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Robin) is pronounced RAH-bin. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Robin is "famous, bright, shining". Variant of Robert, in popular use as a boy's name since the medieval days of Robin Hood. The name was used for the male character Christopher Robin in A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" stories. Notable in modern times due to actor/comedian Robin Williams. TV personality Robin Leach.

Associated with: medieval, stories (literary), modern.


Robin has 5 variants: Roban, Robben, Robbin, Robbyn and Robyn.

15 more alternative forms via Robert: Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Rip, Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robbins, Robby, Robers, Robi, Robinson and Robson.

Creative forms:
(male) Rabin, Rosbin, ..

(female) Robini, Rori, ..

Middle name pairings:
Robin Jesse (R.J.), ..

How popular is Robin?

Robin is a very popular first name for males (#375 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#6024 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Robin reached its peak rank of #182 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is currently at #973. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Robin outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Robert (#63 from current records), Bobby (#738), Robyn, Robinson, Robby, Robbie, Bobbie, Rob, Robb, Bob and Robbin are the prominent related forms of Robin (#973 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Robson, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Robin was common among parents during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 6.54%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.35%, down 95%), with versions like Rob becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robin, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rob in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robb, Robbie, Robbin, Robby, Robert in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robinson, Robyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Robin, Bobby, Robbie, Robert outside U.S.

Similar Names

Robin is pronounced similarly to Reuban, Reuben, Reubin, Ruben and Rubin. Other recommended names are Albin, Aubin, Bodin, Bowin, Colin, Corbin, Corin, Eoin, Godin, Gorin, Jabin, Jovin, Korbin, Korin, Lorin, Nolin, Rabi, Rain, Regin, Roan, Rocio, Rogan, Rohan, Roi, Rollin, Romain, Roman, Ron, Ronan, Ronn, Roric, Rorik, Roslin, Rouvin, Rowan, Rowen, Royan, Rozen, Rubi, Rubino, Rubio, Sabin, Tobin and Torin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Robin.

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