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Herbert

... as a boy's name

Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Bright Warrior

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Herbert

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Herbert in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Herbert:

  • Records indicate that 226,040 boys in the United States have been named Herbert since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1928, when 8,044 people in the U.S. were given the name Herbert. Those people are now 88 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


     

    Comments about the name Herbert

    33% Approval Rating
    Based on the comments submitted below
      1 Positive Comment

  • "My grandfather was a Herbert but everyone called him Hub" Jun. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "One thing contributing to this name's downfall in recent decades following its early 20th-century peak is the slang term "You great 'Erbert", indicating a fool or simpleton" Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a typical "old man" name, not one you'd use for a child today. The same applies to Arnold, Egbert, Horace, Percy and Wilfred and old ladies' names like Bertha, Ethel, Gertrude, Gladys and Mildred" Dec. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Neutral Comments

  • "A very rare feminine form of this name is Herberta, as borne by Herberta Jaynes Fonda, mother of the American film actor Henry Fonda. I suppose if her father's name was Herbert and he originally wanted a son, I suppose that was how Herberta (then Miss Herberta Jaynes) got her name, with the addition of the suffix "-a" to the male name." May. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great uncle was called Herbert, but everyone called him Pan (don't ask!) I never thought it would make a comeback, but I know of someone who named their child Herbert 3 years ago!!!" May. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being the only person under the age 50 with the name Herbert... its unique" Apr. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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