Robert is popular male name thought the English speaking countries.

Robert’s Origins

Robert originate from the Germanic name Hrodebert, and was introduced into England and Britain during the Norman occupation.


Pronunciation changes by location and local dialect, the most common usage is the English version: RAh-bert.

Robert meaning

The meaning of Robert is bright famed or shining and come from the Germanic elements  –hrod  (fame) and beraht (bright).

Robert Nicknames/ Variations

Rob, Robbie, Robby, Bob, Bobbie, Bobi, Bobby, Bert, Roberto, Beto, Rober.

Countries of Popularity

Robert is a popular boys name through out Europe and North America. Robert has been a popular boys name since the middle ages. Robert’s popularity has waned from previous years, but still remains in the top 100 boys names in many counties including: England (9th in 1996, 96th in 2010, Ireland (30th in 2002, 48th in 2012), Scotland(30th in 2000, 57th in 2012), Canada(59th in 2000, 100th in 2010), and the United States(10th in 1989, 61st in 2012).

In 2012, Robert was the 92nd most popular baby boy’s name in England in 2012 (National office for Statistics).

Famous Roberts

  • Robert Browning 1882-1899, English Poet and Playwright
  • Robert Burns 1759-1796, Scottish Poet
  • Robert Frost 1874-1963 American Poet
  • Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894 Scottish Novelist and Poet
  • Robert E. Lee 1807-1870, American General (Conferate Army)
  • Robert Redford 1936- living, American Actor
  • Robert Deniro 1947- living, American Hollywood Actor
  • Robert Downy Jr 1965- living, American Actor
  • Robert Plant 1948- Living, British Musician who played for the band Led Zeppelin

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