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Gender: M Meaning of Bob: "bright fame" Origin of Bob: English, diminutive of Robert

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Kids love Bob the Builder, but do they want to be Bob the Builder? Bob and Bobby have been out of style since the 1960s, but as vintage nickname-names -- Fred, Archie -- come back into vogue, Bob may tag along. Charlie Sheen just used it for one of his newborn twin sons.

Famous People Named Bob

Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter
Bob Bryar, former drummer of band My Chemical Romance
Bob Mould, front man of the punk band Husker Du
Bob Sheen, one of Charlie Sheen's twin sons
Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician
Bob Geldof, mucisian, singer-songwriter, activist

Pop Culture References for the Name Bob

"Bob the Builder," British animated TV series
Bob Lee Swagger, character in the movie "Shooter"
Bob Chipeska, character in the movie "Bad Santa"
Bob, recurring character on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Bobbee, Bobbey, Bobbie, Bobby, Bobo