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 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).
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).