Meaning and name origin
Herbert \he-rbe-rt, her-bert\ as a boy's 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 information, see also the related boy name Rigoberto.
Herbert is a very popular first name for males (#130 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1146 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Herbert for boys. Herbert reached its highest rank of #32 in the U.S. in 1900-1909 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Herbert and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Heriberto, Rigoberto, Herbert, Herb, Bertie and Bert. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).