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What does Herbert mean?

Herbert Pronunciation of Herbert [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 from hari "army" and berht "bright, famous", which replaced the original Old English form Herebeorht. The name first appeared in England in the sixth century as the name of King Charibert of Paris. An island in Lake Derwentshire, England, is named in honor of Saint Herbert (seventh century). The name was revived in the 19th century as an aristocratic surname, as Herbert was the family name of the earls of Pembroke. American President Herbert Hoover.

Associated with: norman, bright, famous, old, england, king, lake (river), saint, 19th century, surname.


Herbert has 10 variants: Bert, Bertie, Erberto, Harbert, Herb, Herbert, Herberto, Herbie, Heribert and Heriberto.

Affiliated boy name: Rigoberto.

1 feminine form: Herbertine.

Creative forms:
(male) Habert, Holbert, ..

(female) Heret, Herher, ..

Middle name pairings:
Herbert Aaron (H.A.), ..

How popular is Herbert?

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 (#1285 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Herbert reached its top rank of #35 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is presently at #1868. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Herbert name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Herbert (#1868 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rigoberto (#1510 from current records), Heriberto (#1644), Bertie, Herb, Herbie and Bert. These forms of Herbert were at the height of their popularity in the 1890s (average #1265) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1860, down 97.7%), with forms such as Bert becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Herbert, Bert, Bertie, Herb, Herbie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Heriberto, Rigoberto in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Herbert and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abert, Adelbert, Ailbert (see Albert), Albert, Aubert, Calbert, Colbert, Culbert, Dagbert, Dalbert, Delbert, Dilbert, Ebert, Ecbert (see Egbert), Eckbert (see Egbert), Edbert, Egbert, Elbert, Fabert, Filbert, Fulbert, Geert, Gellert, Gerhart, Halberg, Halbert, Halburt, Harben, Harjeet, Harper, Heber, Hebor, Heder, Heiner, Helier, Heller, Heriot, Hermes, Herne, Heroot (see Cherut), Herut (see Cherut), Herve, Hervey, Herzel, Hespero, Hewet, Hewett, Hewlett, Hobart, Hobert, Hoebart, Hubert, Huberto, Hulbert, Hulburt, Humbert, Humberto, Hurlbert, Hurlburt, Ingbert (see Inglebert), Lambert, Norbert, Obert, Osbert, Radbert, Robert, Roxbert, Seabert, Sebert, Seibert, Shubert, Talbert, Thorbert, Torbert and Wilbert. These names tend to be less commonly used than Herbert.

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