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Gender: M Meaning of Robert: "bright fame" Origin of Robert: English from German Robert's Popularity in 2012: #61

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Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact has been 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.

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 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 John Downey, Jr., American actor
Robert De Niro, American actor
Robert Kennedy, American politician
Robert Redford, American actor
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer
Robert Taylor, American actor
Robert Smith, English musician
Robert Bloch, American Author
Robert Selden Duvall, American actor
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr, American actor
Robert Menzies, Australian Prime Minister
Robert Young, American actor
Robert Carlyle, Scottish actor
Robert Sylvester Kelly, American R&B singer
Robert Bartleh Cummings, know as singer Rob Zombie
Robert Sheehan, Irish actor
Robert Irwin, son of Steve Irwin
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson, English-American actor & model
Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel prize winner in Physics
Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926), Abraham & Mary Lincoln's son
Robert Plant, Lead singer of Led Zeppelin
Robert Zimmerman, birth name of Bob Dylan

Pop Culture References for the Name Robert

Robert Barone, Ray's brother on "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Robert "Bobby" Pendragon in the Pendragon books by D. J. MacHale
Dr Robert Chase, character on "House"
Robert California, from TV show "The Office" played by James Spader
Robert Frobisher, character from the movie Cloud Atlas
"Dr. Robert", Beatles song

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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)