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

The name Bob is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bright fame". Bob and is often added to lists like Popular English Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

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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 used it for one of his twin sons.

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Famous People Named Bob

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman), American singer-songwriter
Robert Nathaniel Corey "Bob" Bryar, former drummer of American band My Chemical Romance
Robert Arthur "Bob" Mould, lead singer of American punk band Husker Du
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, Jamaican reggae musician
Robert Frederick Zenon "Bob" Geldof, English musician
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, English-American actor/comedian
Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas
Robert Clark "Bob" Seger, American singer-songwriter
Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan, American tennis player; twin of brother Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan
Robert John "Bob" Odenkirk, American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer
George Robert "Bob" Newhart, American actor/comedian
Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas, American sportscaster
Robert Montgomery "Bob" Knight, American basketball coach
Robert Edward "Bob" Huggins, American basketball coach
Robert "Bob" Weinstein, American film producer
Robert "Bob" Kane, American comic book artist
Robert James "Bob" Keeshan aka Captain Kangaroo; American TV producer and actor
Robert "Bob" Morris, guitarist/singer for Chicago based band The Hush Sound
Robert "Bob" Morley, Australian actor
B.o.B., stage name of Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., American rapper
Robert "Bob" Irwin, Australian TV personality, son of Steve Irwin
Bob Sheen (b. 2009), son of actor Charlie Sheen

Pop Culture References for the name Bob

Bob the Titan, character in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Bob Lee Swagger, character in the movie "Shooter"
Bob Chipeska, character in the movie "Bad Santa"
Bob Cratchit, character in "A Christmas Carol"
Killer BOB, character on TV's "Twin Peaks"
Bob, two characters on British TV's "Blackadder"
Bob, character in The Dresden Files series
Bob, character on TV's "Becker"
Bob Hunter, character on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
Bob, main character in animated series "ReBoot"
Bob the Killer Goldfish, character in the Earthworm Jim video game series
Smilin' Bob, character in commercials for Enzyte
Bob, recurring character on TV's' "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
Bob, a "watchlizard" from the First Comics series "GrimJack"
Bob Bobertson, character in Flash cartoon "Weebl and Bob"
Bob, main character in sprite comic "Bob and George"
Bob, Agent of HYDRA, Marvel Comics character
Bob, main character from the TV show "Veggie Tales"
Sideshow Bob (born Robert Underdunk Terwilliger), character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Bob Belcher, main character on TV's "Bob's Burgers"
Bob Kelso, character on TV's "Scrubs"
Bob Duncan, character on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
Silent Bob, character in several Kevin Smith films, partner of Jay
Bob Wiley, character in 1991 movie "What About Bob?"
Planet Bob, aka New Earth, in 2000 movie "Titan A.E."
Handsome Bob, character in 2008 movie "RocknRolla"
Almighty Bob, deity in "Mostly Harmless" by Douglas Adams
Bob, human character on TV's "Sesame Street"
Bob, character in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" book series
Bob, character in "Harry Potter" series
Bob, minion in the "Despicable Me" movies
"Bob the Builder," British animated TV series
"Baby Bob," TV sitcom
"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," 1969 movie

Bobbey, Bobbee, Bobbie, Bobo, Bobby


indiefendi2 Says:


I'm reading about a WOMAN named Bob Bland. My jaw almost dropped.

(I presume her full name is Roberta not just Bob)

FractalShadow Says:


Plain and boring in my opinion.

kingriver711 Says:


bob rocks! yeah boy!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I'm surprised by the fact that I actually kind of like Bob. I like Bobby better, though.

lesliemarion Says:


Let's bring Bob back! Robert is a wonderful classic with such great nicknames. Even the pug down the road is named Bob!