Pronounced Pron. ro-BEEN, ro-BEE-nə (Dutch)
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 7/17/2007
French feminine form of Robin, which originated in medieval times. For reasons unknown, it fell out of use after the Middle Ages, after which it continued to survive as a matronymic surname (mostly in the Normandy region of France). Robine began to be used as a given name again in the late 1980s, but it never regained the popularity that it once had and as such is now a very rare given name in France. Meanwhile, the name came into use in the Netherlands in the early 20th century, where the name is nowadays a bit more prevalent than in France.Also, you might want to compare the given name Robertine, which might perhaps make you want to entertain the possibility that Robine is (at least in some cases) a contracted form of this name.Lastly, a known bearer of this given name is the Dutch actress and model Robine van der Meer (b. 1971).