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Gender: Female Meaning of Robin: "bright fame" Origin of Robin: Bird name, or English, diminutive of Robert

The name Robin is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bright fame". Robin and is often added to lists like Bird Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Sounded bright and chirpy in the fifties and ranked in the Top 100 until 1980, but by now Robin has lost much of its lilt. For a girl, consider a sprightlier-sounding bird name: Deryn, Lark, Wren. Robin is, however, having something of a style comeback for boys.

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Famous People Named Robin

Robin Gayle Wright, American actress
Robin René Roberts, American news anchor
Robin Simone Givens, American actress
(Jennifer Carolyn) Robin McKinley, American novelist
Robin Jessica Tunney, American actress
Robin Chotzinoff, American memoirist
Robin Weisman, American actress
Robin Curtis, American actress
Robin Denise "Rockin' Robin" Smith, American pro wrestler
Robin Stone aka Robin S., American dance pop singer
Robin Ophelia Quivers, American radio personality
Robin Moulder, bassist for American band Jack Off Jill
Robin Vitetta-Miller, American TV chef
Robin Hobb, pen name of American novelist Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden
Robin Coleman, American actress
Robin Antin, American dancer and founder of group The Pussycat Dolls
Robin Chase, American entrepreneur and founder of Zipcar
Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, eldest daughter of President George H W Bush

Pop Culture References for the name Robin

Robin De Noir, a character in the book 'Little white horse' & in the movie 'The secret of moonacre'
Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr. aka Robin Sparkles, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Robin Scorpio-Drake, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Robin Sena, main character in anime "Witch Hunter Robin"
Robin Newman, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Robin Sylvester, Sue Sylvester's daughter on TV's "Glee"
Nico Robin, character in anime/manga "One Piece"
Red Robin, restaurant chain
Robin, player character of Fire Emblem: Awakening; can be a boy or a girl.

Robin's International Variations

Robena, Robina, Robine (French)


jennifert23 Says:


i like this name for a girl even spelled with an i, its easy to pronounce, easy to spell, classic but unheard of in current the world of maddies, addies, jaydens and aidens. classic retro and stylish. my top pick and also an homage to my late father in law robert.

RoddyThlayli Says:


A soon to be aunt of mine is named Robin. Personally, I see it as honestly unisex, but with different meanings depending on the gender. If it's a guy's name, it's a version of/nickname for Robert, but on a girl it's a Robin bird. That's just my opinion, though.

Yara Says:


I don't understand why this is an issue. Robin is one of the most unisex names ever.

Loveislife23 Says:


Despite it being used on boys more often, I really see it as a girl's name and I would definitely prefer it on a girl.

eveyalecia Says:


I think people prefer this as a man's name because of the "rob" syllable that's reminiscent of Robert, and maybe because of Batman's sidekick. Really, though, this is a bird name. It's completely unisex.

Guest Says:


I've known plenty of women named Robin. My mom's best childhood friend is named Robin. I didn't even know it was a man's name until a couple years ago.

BradyLady Says:


Me either, and it used to be my name. Which is why I changed it. I love it on Robin Williams. But I'm a woman, and I don't want to have a man's name.

jordalini Says:


Well obviously.. look at the popularity chart

LcLauver Says:


I mean....probably not.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Am I the ONLY ONE who prefers Robin for a girl! Really!?

jordalini Says:


I don't understand what the appeal of this is for a girl, I don't know why this was so popular for so long

AnonymousPerson Says:


This should be a boy's name, unless spelt with a Y.