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Robin family page

This family name is famous in Jersey because of Charles Robin, founder of the Gaspé fishing industry in Canada


Min Robin, nee Le Page, 1891

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Origin of Surname

Robin is short for Robert and the surname was derived from the given name

Early records

The name first appears in the Short Inquisition of 1274. Piers and two Raulyns are mentioned in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550. The name also features strongly in Guernsey.

Benest Robin was born in Jersey about 1556 and married a Miss Balleine, daughter of Nicolas and Marie, in 1581

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The family of Robin is said by de la Chesnaye-des-Bois, in his Armorial, to be descended ex Comitihus Robini, of Rome, Vivans dans le x ∫iecle avec eclat et ∫plendeur. Guy Robin, the founder of the family in France, accompanied Philip-Augustus to the Holy Land. He was buried at Vienne, in Dauphine.

The Jersey branch of the family has been settled in the island from time immemorial. By the Extente of 1331, it appears that Raulin Robin was a landowner in the Parish of St Brelade, and one of the jurymen thereof, deputed to ascertain the Crown dues in that parish : the same record shows Richard and Raulin Robin to have performed the like office in the Parish of St Lawrence.

In 1715 Raulin Robin was Lieutenant-Bailly of Jersey.

For several centuries this family has been located at St Brelade, in the church of which parish exist a number of monuments to the memory of its members.

On the south wing of the General Hospital of St Helier are sculptured the arms of Robin, which was built at the cost of this house. It possesses large tracts of land at St John, Newfoundland, having been one of the earliest Jersey firms which developed the important fisheries of that territory.


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