Gender: Male Meaning of Rupert: "bright fame" Origin of Rupert: German variation of Robert

Rupert Origin and Meaning

The name Rupert is a boy's name of German origin meaning "bright fame".

Rupert is a charming-yet-manly name long more popular in Britain (where it's attached to a beloved cartoon bear) than in the U.S. Yet we can see Rupert as a more stylish, modern way to honor an ancestral Robert.

Rupert has been more visible in this country of late via Rupert Grint, portrayer of Harry Potter's Ron Weasley and the character Rupert Giles, mentor of Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as actors Rupert Everett and Rupert Graves--not to mention media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Off the US popularity lists since the early fifties, Rupert ranks high on Nameberry--at Number 170.

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Pop Culture References for the name Rupert

Ruperth, Ruperto, Ruprecht


Victoria123 Says:


Reminds me of an angry, bearded fisherman who wears tie die shirts.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name. My first pet budgie was called this, after the cartoon character. It's a strong name, more popular here in the UK than in USA, but still not that common.

EW314 Says:


LOVE the name Rupert! I'd use it for a son, with the sweet nickname Ru.

My only hesitation with is that it does give off a very upper-class vibe, which isn't necessarily bad, but I wouldn't want people to jump to conclusions about him. The Rupert Murdoch thing doesn't bother me - there are bad examples of almost every name.

lesliemarion Says:


I don't see Rupert as manly, but it is an OK name anyway. Robert seems much more masculine.

Bobcat108 Says:


This is the surname from my German side of the family...but spelled w/two Ps (Ruppert).

Rupert Barnard Says:


Hi my real and full name is Rupert Barney Barnard and this is my real name but Rupert,I think does sound german.

Essa Says:


I seems to have a secret love for this name. Maybe it should stay on my guilty pleasure list...

headintheclouds Says:


Great name. I think Rupert sounds very British, in a good way. I feel it's ready for revival, like other lovely names such as Arthur, Ernest, Wallace etc. The downside for me is that I can't get over the Rupert Murdoch association- he's the famous person I think of in connection to this name, which rather ruins it for me.

gem3 Says:


Rupert and Myron, Little house on the prairie? No thanks ;)