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Gender: M Meaning of Robert: "bright fame" Origin of Robert: English from German Robert's Popularity in 2014: #61

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 6,000 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. Even the 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.

Famous People Named Robert

Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland
Robert II and III, Kings of Scotland
Robert I and II, Kings of the Franks
Robert I, Duke of Normandy, father of William the Conqueror
Robert, King of Naples
Robert Burns, Scottish poet and national treasure
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist
Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General and Senator from Massachusetts
Robert Edward Lee, American Confederate Civil War general
Robert Allen Zimmerman, birth name of musician Bob Dylan
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, Jamaican reggae musician
Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas
Robert John Downey, Jr., American actor
Robert De Niro, American actor
Robert Patrick "Rob" Benedict, actor
Robert Carlyle, Scottish actor
Robert James Smith, musician of English band The Cure
Robert Michael Sheehan, Irish actor
Robert Anthony Plant, lead singer of English band Led Zeppelin
Robert Gordon Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson, English actor
(Charles) Robert Redford, American actor and director
Robert Taylor (born Spangler Arlington Brugh), American actor
Robert Albert Bloch, American novelist
Robert Selden Duvall, American actor
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr., American actor
Robert George Young, American actor
Robert Sylvester Kelly aka R. Kelly, American R&B singer
Robert Bartleh Cummings aka Rob Zombie, American musician
Robert Betts Laughlin, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
Robert Alan "Rob" Morrow, American actor
Robert Barton Englund, American actor
Robert Falcon Scott, British Naval officer and Antarctic explorer
Robert Randolph Garran, 1st Solicitor-General of Australia
Robert Burnell, Lord Chancellor of England
Robert Catesby, leader of the English Gunpowder Plot of 1605
Robert of Jumièges, first Norman Archbishop of Canterbury
(James) Robert Cade, American researcher who invented Gatorade
Robert Hues, English geographer
Robert Thomas Christgau, American journalist and music critic
Robert Stanley "Rob" Dyrdek, American skateboarder
Robert Hepler "Rob" Lowe, American actor
Robert Arthur "Rob" Kardashian, American reality TV personality
Robert Irwin, son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin
Robert Todd Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Robert Michael Ballantyne, British author
Robert 'Rob' Grote, singer of America band The Districts
Robert Alfred 'Bobby' Morley, Australian actor
Robert Vito, American actor
Col. Robert C. Springer, NASA astronaut

Pop Culture References for the name Robert

Robert Baratheon, character in the "Game of Thrones" series
Robert Barone, character on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Robert "Bobby" Pendragon, character in the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale
Dr. Robert Chase, character on TV's "House"
Robert California, character on TV's "The Office"
Robert Frobisher, character in book/movie ''The Cloud Atlas''
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Robert Townsend, character in "Yesterday's Child," by Barbara Wood
Robert Hammond, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
"Dr. Robert," song by The Beatles
Robert Dyas, London retail shop
Robert Edwin House, a character in "Fallout: New Vegas"

Robert's International Variations

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