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Baby Names: Robert – Babble


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Meaning: Famous

Origin: German

Alternate spellings: Roberto, Bobby, Rob, Robby, Rupert, Robin, Bob

Robert sounds like such a humble name, right? The name actually comes from the German and means “bright” or “famous.” Maybe that’s the reason why there are so many well-known Roberts, Bobbys, and Robs. There have been numerous kings and saints with this name, and it was in the U.S. top 10 for all but two years for a stunning stretch from 1880 through 1989. If you’re looking for less common names, you should consider these interesting versions: Rupert, Robin, and Roberto.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 29

2004: 36

2008: 49

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Rigoberto 862

Roberto 234

Ryan 18

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