Meaning and Name Origin
Robinson \r(o)-bin-son, rob(i)-nson\ as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Robinson is "son of Robert". Usually a surname. Singer Smokey Robinson; poet Robinson Jeffers; actor Paul Robeson.
For more information, see also the related boy name Robert.
Robinson is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#20 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Robinson and associated names. The only prominent alternative form of Robinson (#unlisted) is Robert (#61 the previous year). This boy name was at the peak of its popularity during 1930-1939 and is now significantly less widespread. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)