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  1. Robert Spencer Robinson

    1809 - 1889 Male
    Naval Officer + Captain + Admiral

    Sir Robert Spencer Robinson KCB was a British Naval officer, who served as two five-year terms as Controller of the Navy from February 1861 to February 1871, and was therefore responsible for the procurement of warships at a time when the Royal Navy was changing over from unarmoured wooden ships to ironclads. As a result of the Captain disaster, Robinson was not given a third term as Controller. Robinson has been "described as having one of the best brains of any Victorian admiral".… Read More

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"robinson" family name, ancestry, and history

Meaning: "son of Robert"; "Robert" means "fame-bright"

Origins: England, Scotland, Ulster

Robinson is an English language patronymic surname, originating in the British Isles. It means "son of Robin (a diminutive of Robert)". There are similar surname spellings such as Robison and Robeson. Robinson is the 15th most common surname in the United Kingdom. According to the 1990 United States Census, Robinson was the twentieth most frequently encountered surname among those reported, accounting for 0.23% of the population. In Ireland, Robinson is only really common in Ulster. It is thought that the Robinsons of Glenarm may have originally been Robertsons. The two names had been used interchangeably in some areas of the province around the beginning of the 20th century. Robinson, the compound word, is a rare given name, while its derivative, Robin, has the distinction of being both a masculine and feminine given name. Notable people with the name Robinson include:

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