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What does Bob mean?

Bob Pronunciation of Bob as a boys' name is pronounced bob. It is of Old English origin. Short form of Robert, of later coinage than Hob, Dob, and Nob. Bobbie and Bobby are pet forms, though Bobbie is more frequently used for girls. While Bobby was common for children in the 1950s and '60s, Robert today is more likely to be shortened to Robbie or Rob instead of the pedestrian Bob. Comedian Bob Hope; singer Bob Dylan; chess master Dob Fischer; actor Billy Bob Thornton.




VARIANTS Bobbee, Bobbey, Bobbie, Bobby

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ROB, ROBBIE, ROBERT Bert, Rab, Rip, Rob, Roban, Robb, Robby, Robi, Robin, Robyn



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How popular is Bob?

Bob is a very popular first name for men (#266 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#20180 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Bob reached its peak position of #85 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not listed currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Bert, Bobbie, Bobby (#824 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robby, Robert (#71), Robin (#1015) and Robyn are the popular variation forms of Bob appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Rab, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Bob was more pronounced 9 decades ago (AVERAGE #922) and is now much lower (#1628, 95.3%), with versions such as Robby becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bob, Bert, Bobbie, Bobby, Rob in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Bob is pronounced similarly to Beebe. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bo, Boe, Bow, Cob and Job. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bob.