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This interesting surname is a patronymic form of the medieval male given name "Robin", a diminutive of Robert, from the short form "Rob", plus the hypocoristic suffix "-in". Robert comes from the Old German "Hrodebert", originally a combination of "hrothi" and "berhta", meaning "fame-bright", and appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. Robin came originally from France, and the name was made popular by Robin Goodfellow, another name for Puck, whose mischievous tricks are described in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream", and Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, who stole from the rich to give to the poor. The surname is first found in the latter half of the 13th Century (see below), and one Margaret Robines appears in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire (1279)...

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