Gender: Male Meaning of Bobby: "bright fame" Origin of Bobby: Diminutive of Robert Bobby's Popularity in 2018: #824

Bobby Origin and Meaning

The name Bobby is a boy's name of German, English origin meaning "bright fame".

Bobby is the quintessential mid-century nickname, the name of the son on Mad Men and overused to the point of cliche. Though Robert is still a highly popular choice, most Roberts today are called by their full name or Rob or Robbie rather than Bob or Bobby.

In the UK the term "bobby" is slang for a policeman.

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Alaina Says:


I love the name Bobby! Robert is a little growing on me...

morning_glory Says:


"Overused to the point of cliche" . . . hmm . . . not sure I agree with this. I've never met a Bobby and have heard of very few, and incidentally I can think of zero pop culture references.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I never used to like Bobby, Bob or Robby, but they've been growing on me. I still don't like Rob, though.

Jo Jo Says:


I love Bobby, but not Robert or any of his other diminutives. Too bad it's not quite a stand-alone.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Cute nickname for Robert, but when older might want to go by Bob or Robert.