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Gender: M Meaning of Rupert: "bright fame" Origin of Rupert: German variation of Robert

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Rupert is a charming-yet-manly name long more popular in Britain (where it's attached to a beloved cartoon bear) than in the U.S. Yet we can see Rupert as a more stylish, modern way to honor an ancestral Robert.

Rupert has been more visible in this country of late via Rupert Grint, portrayer of Harry Potter's Ron Weasley and the character Rupert Giles, mentor of Buffy in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," as well as actors Rupert Everett and Rupert Graves--not to mention media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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Famous People Named Rupert

Rupert Young, English actor
Rupert Murdoch, Australian-American media mogul
Rupert Everett, English actor
Rupert Graves, English actor
Rupert Grint, English actor; plays Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies
Rupert Penry-Jones, English actor
Rupert Friend, English actor
Rupert von Trapp, one of the real-life children of Georg and Maria von Trapp (of "Sound of Music" fame)
Prince Rupert of the Rhine, commander of much of Charles I (his uncle)'s cavalry during the English Civil War; considered the archetypal "Cavalier"
Rupert Boneham, American multi-time "Survivor" contestant
Rupert Brooke, British WWI poet
Rupert Atkinson, brother of English actor Rowan Atkinson

Pop Culture References for the Name Rupert

-Rupert the Bear
-Rupert of Hentzau, central character in "The Prisoner of Zenda"
-Rupert Psmith (in later incarnations Ronald Eustace Psmith), dandyish Old Etonian (expelled) flaneur and social escapologist in the works of P.G. Wodehouse
-Rupert "Ru" Keith, Millie's pensive younger brother in "A Life of Faith" (book series)
-Rupert Burns, character form "Bicentennial Man"

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