What does Bob mean?
Bob \bob\ as a boys' 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 27 more alternative forms via Rob, Robbie, Robert: Bert▼, Bertie▼, Rab, Rabbie, Riobard, Rip, Rob▼, Roban, Robb▼, Robben, Robbie▼, Robbin, Robbins, Robbinson, Robby▼, Robers, Roberto▲, Robertson, Robi, Robin▼, Robinson, Robson, Robyn, Robynson, Rupert▼, Ruperto and Ruprecht.
Bob is a very popular first name for men (#266 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#16626 out of 88799, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Bob for boys. Bob reached its peak position of #89 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Bob and affiliated names. Bert, Bertie, Bobbie, Bobby (#752 the previous year), Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robby, Robert (#61), Roberto (#343), Robin and Rupert are the popular variation forms of Bob appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 and is now much lower, with versions such as Bobby, Robbie, Robby, Robin and Rupert becoming somewhat dated. Roberto (#343) is the most fashionable baby name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)