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What does Hobbes mean?

Hobbes Pronunciation of Hobbes [hobbes] as a boys' name is of Old English and Old German origin, and the meaning of Hobbes is "bright fame". Variant of Robert. Thomas Hobbes was a 17th-century English philosopher. The popular cartoon stuffed tiger created by Bill Watterson was named after him.

Associated with: old english, bright, 17th century, philosopher, tiger (lion).


Hobbes has 2 variants: Hob and Hobbs.

9 more alternative forms via Robert: Bobbie, Bobby, Robb, Robben, Robbie, Robbin, Robbins, Robby and Robers.

Creative forms:
(male) Haabes, Heibes, ..

(female) Hobbe, Hobhes, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hobbes Thiago (H.T.), ..

How popular is Hobbes?

Hobbes is an unusual first name for men but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#114166 out of 150436, Top 76%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Bobbie, Bobby (#738 via latest list), Robb, Robbie, Robbin, Robby and Robert (#63) are the popular variation forms of Hobbes (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Hobbes was well-received among parents 85 years ago (adoption of 6.31%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.34%, 95%), with forms like Robbie becoming less in vogue. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bobbie, Bobby, Robb, Robbie, Robbin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robby, Robert in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bobby, Robbie, Robert outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bobbee, Bobbey, Cortes, Dobbs, Forbes, Gibbes, Gybbes (see Gibbes), Habeeb, Hannes, Harben, Hawes, Hayes, Heber, Hermes, Hobard, Hobart, Hobbson (see Hobson), Hobert, Hobey, Hobie, Hobson, Hodge, Hodges, Holden, Hollis, Holmes, Homer, Hooker, Hooper, Hopper, Horten, Hosea, Hoshea, Howe, Howel, Howie, Howlen, Hoyce, Hube, Hubie, Huges, Hughes, Hugues, Jabes, Jones, Kortes, Moises, Montes, Moses, Moyses and Mozes. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hobbes.

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