When Edward Mitchell Robinson was born on 4 September 1848, in Yancey, North Carolina, United States, his father, David Robinson, was 41 and his mother, Sarah Silver, was 39. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Polly Elmira Burleson. He lived in Brush Creek Township, Yancey, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died on 27 August 1927, in South Toe Township, Yancey, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Hamrick, Yancey, North Carolina, United States.
English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Robin , a pet form of Robert , + -son. This surname is also very common among African Americans.
French: from a pet form of the personal name Robin .
West Indian (including Haiti) and Guyanese: most likely not (only) of English or French origin as in 1 above and 2 above, but also, if not mostly, from the related name of the famous Daniel Defoe's literary character Robinson Crusoe (from a novel first published in 1719).