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Bobby has been a name that's popular for both boys and girls through the years, though it's mostly used for boys these days. While it's typically short for Robert or Roberta, it's become a given name in its own right. It's particularly popular in Ireland and England, and it pairs well with numerous middle names.

Meaning of the name Bobby:

German: Fame, or bright and shining

Origin of the name Bobby:

Bobby is derived from the name Robert, which is derived from the Germanic name Hrodberht. It was formed from the elements “hrod,” which means “fame,” and “berht,” which means “bright and shining.”

Symbolism of the name Bobby:

Because it means “bright and shining,” Bobby may be a symbol of light to some parents. It has many meanings to many cultures, but overall, light is thought to be a positive symbol when compared to darkness.

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Gender of the name Bobby:

Bobby is a name for both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Bobby:

The name Bobby evokes images of someone who is not afraid to take a risk and enjoys challenges.

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Popularity of the name Bobby:

According to the Social Security Administration, Bobby has been a top 1,000 baby name for boys since 1904. In 2020, it ranked at number 846. For baby girls, it was a top 1,000 name between 1922 and 1971.

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Great middle names for Bobby and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Bobby:

  • Bobby Cox (baseball player and manager)
  • Bobby Bowden (football coach)
  • Bobby Bonilla (baseball player)
  • Bobby Bones (radio personality)
  • Bobby Bonds (baseball player)
  • Bobby Jindal (politician)
  • Bobby Jones (golfer)
  • Bobby Kennedy (politician)
  • Bobby Labonte (racecar driver)

Bobbys in popular culture:

  • Bobby Hill (character on the TV show “King of the Hill”)
  • Bobby Baccalieri (character on the TV show “The Sorpranos”)
  • Bobby Brady (character on the TV show “The Brady Bunch”)
  • Bobby Glover (character on the TV show “Little Bill”)
  • Bobby Munson (character on the TV show “Sons of Anarchy”)
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