Gender: Male Meaning of Robert: "bright fame" Origin of Robert: English from German Robert's Popularity in 2019: #76

Robert Origin and Meaning

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

Robert was derived from the ancient Germanic name Hrodebert, from the elements hrod, meaning “fame” and bertha, “bright.” Robert was the name of three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce, who freed Scotland from English rule. The name was brought to England by the Normans.

Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact was 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 and is one of the premier boys' names starting with R.

Nicknames Bob and Bobby are also stuck in the past, while Rob, Robb and Robby/Robbie have an ever so slightly more modern appeal. Even the antiquated pet forms Dob, Hob, Rab and Rabbie now sound fresher.

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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Rank in US: #76

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Pop Culture References for the name Robert

Robin, Bobby, Bert, Robinson, Roberts, Robi, Robeson, Robbie, Robbi, Roby, Rober, Bertie, Roberson, Roberte, Robbin, Rudbert,

Robert's International Variations

Raibeart, Rabbie, Rab, Raibeartag, Roban (Scottish) Ruperto (Italian) Riobard, Roibin, Riobart, Roibeard (Irish) Ruprecht, Rupert, Rupprecht (German) Robinet (French) Roberto (Spanish) Pertti, (Finnish)


Elena.Safavi Says:


My favorite name! It's so cute on a little boy and strong on a man. Robert is also not very common right now.

Emma J Says:


I really like Robert, even though I usually don't like -bert names.

penelope_lynson Says:


I don’t really like -bert names, but Robert is amazing! Cute for a little boy (with nn Robbie), and strong for a man.

Gowan Says:


Robert is a strong, masculine, timeless name. It has a good history and a nice meaning. I named my son Robert after my grandfather. His father, my great grandfather, was also Robert. Although this was my grandfather’s name I don’t see it as ‘an old man’s name’ - I grew up looking at photo albums full of photos of my uncle Robert as a cute wee blond boy and as a handsome teenager, also my great grandfather died young in his 20’s and the only surviving photo of him is as a young man. My son (now in his late teens) has suited his name at every age and I’m sure always will. He goes by Robert about 99% of the time but over the years has been affectionately called all sorts of nicknames: Bob, Bobby, Berty, Bobbylicious, Rab and Rabbie Babbie - in Scotland ‘baby’ is often pronounced ‘babby’ so that it rhymes with ‘Rabbie’. Rab and Rabbie are Scottish nicknames for Robert and are still widely used here, they are not antiquated as Nameberry states. I disagree with comments on this and other baby name websites that the name Robert is boring or ‘no longer stylish’.

londonspys Says:


Unrelated to the name itself, but why are there no examples of fictional characters with the name Robert? I was quite hoping to look through the list madly for Robert Frobisher.

fluttershy574 Says:


My handsome husband name, and his grandpa names.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I really, really don't like -bert names. Hubert, Herbert, Cuthbert. I hate them all. And then Robert I absolutely love. What the heck?

Catastroffy Says:


Seeing "Robinet" listed as the French form of Robert made me laugh. "Robinet" is the French word for a tap / faucet.
The French form of Robert is simply Robert, with a French pronunciation.

Jeff Johns Says:


Or course I prefer Robert over Rodger.Both my nephew and my great nephew are named Robert.My great nephew is nine and we still call him Robbie.

SunKissedChild Says:


This is my husband's name... And his father's... And his grandfather's... And his great-grandfathers... and so on. Definitely a family name in our case!