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Gender: Male Meaning of Robert: "bright fame" Origin of Robert: English from German Robert's Popularity in 2017: #65

The name Robert is a boy's name of German, English origin meaning "bright fame". Robert is ranked #65 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Create a Primary School! (Nursery & Foundation)".

From the experts:

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.

Robert was the name of three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce, who freed Scotland from English rule.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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Famous People Named Robert

Robert I and II, Kings of the Franks
Robert I, Duke of Normandy, father of William the Conqueror
Robert of Jumièges, first Norman Archbishop of Canterbury
Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland
Robert II and III, Kings of Scotland
Robert, King of Naples
Robert Catesby, leader of the English Gunpowder Plot of 1605
Robert Burns, Scottish poet and national treasure
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist
Robert Michael Ballantyne, British author
Robert Edward Lee, American Confederate Civil War general
Robert Todd Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Robert Taylor (born Spangler Arlington Brugh), American actor
Robert Emmet, Irish Republican Patriot, Orator and Rebel Leader
Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General and Senator from New York, Husband of Ethel Skakel
Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas
Robert Selden Duvall, American actor
(Charles) Robert Redford, American actor and director
Robert Allen Zimmerman, birth name of Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter
Robert John Downey Jr., American actor
Robert Roldan, American contemporary dancer
Robert De Niro, American actor
Robert Patrick "Rob" Benedict, actor
Robert "Rob" James McElhenney, American actor, writer, and producer
Robert Carlyle, Scottish actor
Robert James Smith, musician of English band The Cure
Robert Michael Sheehan (Irish: Roibeárd Mícheál Ó Siodhacháin), Irish actor
Robert Anthony Plant, lead singer of English band Led Zeppelin
Robert Gordon Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson, English actor
Robert Albert Bloch, American novelist
Robert David Hall, American actor
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr., American actor
Robert George Young, American actor
Robert Sylvester Kelly aka R. Kelly, American R&B singer
Robert Bartleh Cummings aka Rob Zombie, American musician
Robert Betts Laughlin, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
Robert Alan "Rob" Morrow, American actor
Robert Barton Englund, American actor
Robert Falcon Scott, British Naval officer and Antarctic explorer
Robert Randolph Garran, 1st Solicitor-General of Australia
Robert Burnell, Lord Chancellor of England
Robert Philippe Louis Eugène Ferdinand, Prince of Orléans, Duke of Chartres, grandson of King Louis-Philippe of France
(James) Robert Cade, American researcher who invented Gatorade
Robert Hues, English geographer
Robert Thomas Christgau, American journalist and music critic
Robert Stanley "Rob" Dyrdek, American skateboarder
Robert Hepler "Rob" Lowe, American actor
Robert George Kardashian, American attorney and businessman; patriarch of TV's Kardashian family
Robert Arthur "Rob" Kardashian, American reality TV personality; son of Robert Kardashian
Robert 'Rob' Grote, singer of America band The Districts
Robert Alfred 'Bobby' Morley, Australian actor
Robert Vito, American actor
Robert C. Springer, American astronaut
Robert Patrick "Robbie" Amell, Canadian actor and model
Robert Hunter Biden, son of VP Joe Biden
Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia
Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III, American voice actor
Robert Mondavi, leading California vineyard operator who brought worldwide recognition to the wines of Napa Valley
Robert Morgan, British filmmaker, director and writer
Robert Benoît Paul Henri James Marie, Prince of Orléans, Petit-Fils de France, Count of la Marche (b. 1976), son of Prince Thibaut
Robert Clarence Irwin, Australian animal expert; son of the late Steve Irwin
Robert "Bob" Irwin, Australian naturalist, animal conservationist, former zookeeper, and a pioneering herpetologist; father of the late Steve Irwin
Robert Galbraith, pen name of the British novelist JK Rowling
Robert Ford Wilson (b. 2011), son of American actor Owen Wilson
Robert Glatzel, German footballer
Robert Wisdom, American actor
Robert Knepper, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Robert

Robert Baratheon, character in the "Game of Thrones" series
Robert Barone, character on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Robert "Rob" McGroarty, character in "The Brave Little Toaster"
Robert "Bobby" Pendragon, character in the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale
Dr. Robert Chase, character on TV's "House"
Robert California, character on TV's "The Office"
Robert Frobisher, character in book/movie ''The Cloud Atlas''
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Robert Steven "Bobby" Singer, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Robert Townsend, character in "Yesterday's Child," by Barbara Wood
Robert Hammond, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Robert Small, character in video game "Dream Daddy"
"Dr. Robert," song by The Beatles
Robert Dyas, London retail shop
Robert Edwin House, a character in "Fallout: New Vegas"
Robert Clark, character in "Fran Bow"
Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, also known as Hulk, character in Marvel Universe
Robert "Bobby" Louis Drake, also known as Iceman, character in Marvel Universe
Robert Lanyon, character in "The Glass Scientists"
Robert Alan Queen, character in DC Universe
Robert "Robbie" Stacey Valentino, character in "Gravity Falls"
Robert Quinn, Callie's biological father on Freeform's "The Fosters"

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, Roope (Finnish) Rubert (Czech)


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!