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Bob meaning and name origin

Bob \bob\ as a boy's name is pronounced bob. It is of Old English origin. Short form of Robert, of later coinage than Hob, Dob, and Nob. Bobbie and Bobby are pet forms, though Bobbie is more frequently used for girls. While Bobby was common for children in the 1950s and '60s, Robert today is more likely to be shortened to Robbie or Rob instead of the pedestrian Bob. Comedian Bob Hope; singer Bob Dylan; chess master Dob Fischer; actor Billy Bob Thornton.

Bob has 4 variant forms: Bobbee, Bobbey, Bobbie and Bobby.

Suggested similar baby names are Bev, Bibi, Bo, Boe, Bow, Cob and Job.

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Popularity of Bob

Bob is a very popular first name for males (#266 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16626 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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Top 1000 ranking of Bob name in U.S.

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