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Robert has so many nicknames ranging from Bob to Rob and to Bert. These nicknames have had centuries to evolve as the baby name Robert has been popular since the 1200s. Many important figures in history have possessed this baby name ranging from Robert the Bruce to Robert E. Lee.

Meaning of the name Robert:

English: bright fame

Origin of the name Robert:

Robert comes from the Germanic name Hrodebert which also means “bright fame.” During the Norman War, this Germanic name entered England, making Robert the English version. This name has been one of the most popular names for boys in England and eventually in the United States since the 1200s.

Symbolism of the name Robert:

Robert is a very important name for historical figures, making it ironic that the meaning is “bright fame.” The original Germanic name Hrodebert which Robert comes from actually breaks down though. “Hrod” means “fame” while “beraht” means “bright.”

Baby name

Style of the name Robert:

Traditional

Gender of the name Robert:

Robert is a name for baby boys.

Pronunciation of the name Robert:

RAHB-ert

Number of syllables in the name Robert:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Robert:

Robert feels powerful and serious. It is a very classic and noble name.

Alternative spellings for the name Robert:

  • Robbert
  • Robirt

Nicknames for the name Robert:

Popularity of the name Robert:

Robert was a top 10 name on the Social Security Index from 1900 to 1989. It actually retained the number one spot for boys from 1924 to 1939, and again in 1953. The name is still on the top 200 list as of 2020 as it ranks at number 80 overall.

Related names for the name Robert:

Great middle names for Robert and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Robert:

  • Robert the Bruce (first king of Scotland)
  • Robert Frost (poet, “The Road Less Traveled”)
  • Robert Kennedy (former politician of the U.S.A.)
  • Robert E. Lee (Confederate general who surrendered the Civil War)
  • Robert Burns (poet, “To a Mouse”)
  • Robert De Niro (actor, “Taxi Driver”)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (actor, “Ironman”)

Roberts in popular culture:

  • Robert Baratheon (character in “Game of Thrones”)
  • Robert Barone (character in “Everybody Loves Raymond”)
  • Robert Chase (character in “House”)
  • Robert California (character in “The Office”)
  • Robert Singer (character on “Supernatural”)
  • Robert Crawley (character on “Downton Abbey”)
  • Robert Frobisher (character from “The Cloud Atlas”)