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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.


Bob is a very popular first name for males (#266 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16626 out of 88799, Top 19%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bob for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bob name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bob outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bob and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Robert (#61), Bobby (#752), Bobbie, Robbie, Rob and Bob. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Robert, Bobby, Bobbie, Robbie, Rob, Bob in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Robert, Bobby, Robbie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Bev, Bibi, Bo, Boe, Bow, Cob and Job. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bob.