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What does Robert mean?

Robert Pronunciation of Robert as a boys' name is pronounced RAH-bert. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Robert is "bright fame". A favorite name for boys since the Middle Ages. Especially favored by the Scots due to 14th-century King Robert the Bruce and to poet Robert Burns. Name of an 11th-century Duke of Normandy who was also a Crusader. Senator Robert Kennedy; poet Robert Burns; actors Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Rob Schneider; author Robert Lawson; General Robert E. Lee; author Robert Ludlum; baseball players Roberto Alomar, Roberto Clemente.


ASSOCIATED WITH bright, fame, scots, king, duke (noble)


VARIANTS Bert, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Riobard, Rip, Rob, Roban, Robb, Robben, Robbie, Robbin, Robbins, Robbinson, Robby, Robers, Roberto, Robertson, Robi, Robin, Robinson, Robson, Robyn, Robynson, Rupert, Ruperto, Ruprecht

SEE ALSO Bo, Dobbs, Hobbes, Hopkin




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How popular is Robert?

Robert is a very popular first name for men (#3 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2730 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Robert reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #71 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Robert (#71 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Roberto (#443), Bruce (#478), Bo (#575), Bobby (#824), Robin (#1015), Bert, Robby, Robyn, Robinson, Robbie, Robbin, Bertie, Robb, Rob, Bobbie, Bob and Rupert. Adoption of these relations of Robert was at its highest in the 1930s (USAGE OF 6.84%) and has become much reduced since (USAGE 0.41%, 94%). Robert is a perennial favorite, although Bo appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions such as Bob are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robert, Bert, Bertie, Bo, Bob in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robbie, Robbin, Robby, Roberto, Robin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Robinson, Robyn, Rupert in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Abert, Albert, Aubert, Colbert, Covert, Ebert, Ecbert (see Egbert), Edbert, Egbert, Elbert, Fabert, Hobart, Hobert, Hubert, Norbert, Obert, Osbert, Radbert, Raferty, Rigobert, Roger, Rogers, Roper, Rover, Roxbert, Royer, Sebert and Torbert. These names tend to be less commonly used than Robert.

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