The first references to Robin Hood were not told in romantic or even bawdy ballads. They weren’t written in stories or records of the affluent or the poor. No, a mere mention here and there in various rolls of the English Justices across England. The name was spelled differently, often seen as Robinhood, Robehod, Hobbehod or Rabunhod. The name started to pop up in the 13th century. But it wasn’t in reference to one person. In actuality, it appeared that our dear Robin was just another name for crook and criminal. But who’s to say that they didn’t start calling all thieves of the nobles Robin’s after the hero in our imaginations, started to truly do his deeds?
Great article up at History Undressed about Robin Hood. Check this one out!