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Contributor Contrib.Polly Names on 4/2/2010
Medieval French diminutive of Robine (as -ette is a French feminine diminutive suffix). In other words: you could say that this name is the feminine form of Robinet. This given name is extremely rare in France nowadays, as there are only a handful of bearers in the country today. It doesn't fare much better as a matronymic surname either, what with only 8 bearers of the Robinette surname having been born in France between 1966 and 1990.As a given name, Robinette is nowadays more used in English-speaking countries (primarily the United States), where its use is often inspired by the surname Robinette (as surnames are often used as given names in the English-speaking world), which is more prevalent there than in France.