Meaning and Name Origin
Herbert \he-rbe-rt, her-bert\ as a boys' name is pronounced HER-bert. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Herbert is "illustrious warrior". Norman name. An island in Lake Derwentshire, England, is named in honor of Saint Herbert (seventh century). American President Herbert Hoover.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Rigoberto.
Herbert is a very prominent first name for males (#130 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1146 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Herbert for boys. Herbert reached its top rank of #32 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Herbert and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Herbert ranked in the Top 1000 are Heriberto, Rigoberto, Herb, Bertie and Bert. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Rigoberto, Heriberto, Herbert, Bertie and Bert becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)