The English surname Robbins, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is of patronymic origin, being derived from the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert, composed of the short form Rob. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Dera Robins, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1635 when Samuel Robbins arrived in New England. Today there are approximately 78,000 bearers of the name Robbins living in the United States.
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