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Gender: Female Meaning of Roberta: "bright fame" Origin of Roberta: English

The name Roberta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bright fame". Roberta and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Light and discussed in our forums with posts like "How Old?".

From the experts:

Roberta has been one of the most successful feminization names, up at #64 in 1936. It's a name that's found all over children's lit, often nicknamed Bobbie or Robbie, though Bertie is another possibility. Notable bearers have included singers Roberta Flack and Roberta Peters--plus it's the birth name of Joni Mitchell.

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Famous People Named Roberta

Roberta Cleopatra Flack, American singer
Roberta Peters, American coloratura soprano
Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman astronaut
Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, Canadian singer-songwriter
Roberta Lee Streeter, birth name of American singer Bobbie Gentry
Roberta Vinci, Italian tennis player
Roberta Smith, American art critic
Roberta "Maisie" Biden, granddaughter of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Pop Culture References for the name Roberta

Roberta "Bertie" Robinson, character in movie "The Swiss Family Robinson"
Roberta Quimby, sister of Ramona Quimby in novels by Beverly Cleary
Roberta "Robbie" Stevenson, character on TV's "The Journey of Allen Strange"
Roberta Kittleson, character on TV's "The Practice"
"Gowns by Roberta," novel by Alice Duer Miller, basis for 1935 movie "Roberta"
Roberta "Bobbie", character in E Nesbit's "The Railway Children"
Robert "Bobby" Ellis, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
April Roberta Ludgate-Dwyer, character on "Parks and Recreation"


paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like the idea of Bobbie as a short form of Roberta. I know that Bobbie can easily be an independent girls' name nowadays, but I feel that Roberta has that old-fashioned style that just gives Bobbie/Roberta the edge, over simply Bobbie.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


One of my favourite feminizations, it's just a shame that there's already a Robert, Robin and Robyn in my family :/ I still think I makes a strong but feminine middle name possibility.