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What does Robben mean?

Robben Pronunciation of Robben [robben] as a boys' name is of Old German and English origin, and Robben means "bright fame; famous, bright, shining". Robben is an alternate form of Robert (Old German). Robben is also a variation of Robin (English).

Associated with: bright, fame.


Robben has 4 variants: Roban, Robbin, Robbyn and Robyn.

11 more alternative forms via Robert, Robin: Bobbie, Bobby, Rabbie, Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robbins, Robby, Robers, Robi and Robson.

Creative forms:
(male) Roben, Robzen, ..

(female) Robber, Robdel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Robben Abdiel (R.A.), ..

How popular is Robben?

Robben is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#22370 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Robert (#63 in recent rankings), Bobby (#738), Robin (#973), Robyn, Robby, Robbie, Rob, Robb, Bobbie and Robbin are the prominent alternative forms of Robben (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Robben was at its highest in the 1930s (adoption of 6.3%) and has become significantly diminished since (adoption 0.3%, 94.5% less), with forms like Robby falling out of fashion. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

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

Similar Names

Robben is alike in pronunciation to Reuban, Reuben, Reubin, Ruben and Rubin. Other suggested similar names are Alben, Babsen (see Babson), Bobbee, Bobbey, Borden, Bowden, Cobden, Coffen, Conlen, Corben, Coren, Dorien, Fabien, Fabyen, Forden, Gobban, Gorren, Gorten, Harben, Hobbes, Holden, Joben, Jorden, Joren, Jorgen, Kolten, Koren, Morgen, Nolen, Rabee, Raven, Raylen, Rayven, Regen, Ren, Reuven, Roan, Roane, Robeson, Rodge, Rodger, Rodman, Rodnee, Rohan, Roice, Rollan, Rollin, Rome, Ronan, Ronel, Ronson, Roper, Rorey, Rorke, Roshan, Roslyn, Rouvin, Rover, Rowen, Rowlee, Rowley, Rowney, Roxbert, Royce, Royden, Royle, Rozen, Rube, Ryden and Steben. These names tend to be more frequently used than Robben.

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