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

Bob Origin and Meaning

The name Bob is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bright fame".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Bob

Bobby, Bobbie, Bobbee, Bobo, Bobbey


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Can we fix it?

Emma J Says:


realized that when I was 10

Eirini170 Says:


So you're telling me that Spongebob's full name is Spongerobert???

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!