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Gender: M Meaning of Robert: "bright fame" Origin of Robert: English from German Robert's Popularity in 2013: #62

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Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact was in the Top 25 for an entire century, giving it true classic status. Though no longer stylish, Robert is still widely used as a family name, given to well over six thousand boys last year.

Nicknames Bob and Bobby are also stuck in the past, while Rob, Robb and Robby/Robbie have an ever so slightly more modern appeal, and indeed antiquated pet forms Dob, Hob, Rab and Rabbie now sound fresher.

Robert was the name of three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce, who freed Scotland from English rule.There are countless literary and real life namesakes, from Robert E. Lee to Robert Redford.

Modern parents might consider honoring an ancestral Robert by choosing Robertson or Robinson.

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Famous People Named Robert

Robert Pattinson, English actor known for Twilight series
Robert Burns, Scottish poet and national treasure
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer
Robert Carlyle, Scottish actor
Robert Smith, English musician
Robert Irwin, son of Steve Irwin
Robert Sheehan, Irish actor
Robert Zimmerman, birth name of Bob Dylan
Robert Plant, Lead singer of Led Zeppelin
Robert Menzies, Australian Prime Minister
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson, English-American actor & model
Robert John Downey, Jr., American actor
Robert De Niro, American actor
Robert Kennedy, American politician
Robert Redford, American actor
Robert Taylor, American actor
Robert Bloch, American Author
Robert Selden Duvall, American actor
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr, American actor
Robert Young, American actor
Robert Sylvester Kelly, American R&B singer
Robert Bartleh Cummings, know as singer Rob Zombie
Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel prize winner in Physics
Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham & Mary Lincoln's son
Robert Alan "Rob" Morrow, American actor
Robert Barton Englund, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Robert

Robert Hammond, character from 'Ace Attorney'
"Dr. Robert", song by the Beatles
Robert Dyas, London retailer owned by Theo Paphitis
Robert Barone, Ray's brother on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Robert "Bobby" Pendragon, character in the Pendragon books by D. J. MacHale
Dr Robert Chase, character on TV's "House"
Robert California, character on TV's "The Office" played by James Spader
Robert Frobisher, character in book/movie ''The Cloud Atlas''
Lord Robert Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Robert Townsend, character in Yesterday's child, by Barbara Wood

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Robert's International Variations

Rubert (Czech) Pertti, Roope (Finnish) Robinet (French) Ruprecht, Rupert, Rupprecht (German) Riobard, Roibin, Riobart, Roibeard (Irish) Ruperto (Italian) Raibeart, Rabbie, Rab, Raibeartag, Roban (Scottish) Roberto (Spanish)