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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Bright Fame

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Robert

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

A few facts about the boy's name Robert:

  • Records indicate that 4,778,923 boys in the United States have been named Robert since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 91,418 people in the U.S. were given the name Robert. Those people are now 73 years old.

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    Comments about the name Robert

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      29 Positive Comments

  • "It?s my name named after my Grandfather who would go by Bob before he passed away and father who goes by Rob. I am in high school now and to my friends I am Robby to my teachers I am Robert and to my family I am Bobby I like the name and the fact that i can call myself so many names." Sep. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named my son after my favorite actor , Mr. Robert Downey Junior . And also I'm a huge marvel fan !" May. 27, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom always says ?I named you Robert so I could call you Bobby.? which always leaves me with some question marks virtually flying around my head. I was Bobby while growing up, later Bob, then Rob. A few years ago I decided that I prefer a nickname-devoid existence, and so have gone by Robert ever since. It took a while to get used to, I felt at first like I was making people say a LOT extra just to call my name. I got | was forced a friend who went by ?K.W.? instead of his actual first and middle names Keith Wayne. When I figured out ?K.W.?is FOUR syllables, and ?Keith Wayne? is only TWO, meaning his initials weren?t ?short for? anything, I decided it was okay to make people say that extra syllable. :-) I?m proud of my whole name. Bringer of light, Descendant of The Messenger. That?s me!" Aug. 22, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Older relatives and childhood friends still call me Bobby, but my girlfriend at 16 (now my wife) always called me Bob. I NEVER refer to myself as Bobby, but allow the old habits to carry on. My LEGAL signature is always Robert E.(+ last name). But I ALWAYS felt that using Robert in the familiar or casual was very pompous--- I cringe when parents refer to their son as "Robert". "Robert" was OK in school & University." Jul. 11, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Robert. He is 7 years old now. I like that it is no longer as common as it used to be. He was named after my little brother Robert who goes solely by Bob-0. My son goes by Bobby and is the only one at his school :)" Feb. 4, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I married a Robert, we call him Rob. Our son is a Jr, we call him Bobby. My cousin also married a Robert, usually called Rob. My grandfather is a Robert, most people call him Bob or Bobby. My uncle is a Jr, everyone calls him Robby. So...Robert is very popular in our family! WHen we're all together we joke and call them by their numbers...example, our son is Bobby #5 :) Even with so mnay in one close family, there are so many variations that you can call one and he knows when to respond!" Jun. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert. I was named after Gen. Lee who definitely was a hero of history when you're from Dixie. And I like the name too. Also, I'm a big baseball fan and my favorite team is the Astros. And one of my favorite all time Astros is Bob Knepper." Oct. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is great because I can tell whose addressing me without seeing them, before 13 years of age my best friends and relatives called my Robbie, through out junior high and high school, people I knew called me Bob even though I real don't care for "Bob" in college it changed permanently to "Rob" which is what I prefer, no one refers to me as my legal name "Robert" now "Robert" has be delegated to my drivers license. Robert Langenfelter" Mar. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey, who else can be called by half a dozen variations e.g. Robert, Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robbie, Robby? Furthermore.... Beats being called "Hey you" or "Helen". There's never been a dictator named "Bob". I've never been asked "How do you spell Bob?"" Dec. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert but for years I have mostly gone by Rob. I use to hate being called Bob but now it really doesn't matter. It just shows who knows me and who doesn't. I have friends that call me Robby mostly old friends and family. I will say though that there is not many ways to tease the name and I don't ever remember being teased although I never really cared about teasing and still don't. if someone does a good job teasing I usually just tell them "good job" or "that was a good one" I think we should teach our kids to regard teasing as someone Else's problem not our own." Apr. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert Travis i love the name i usally go by Rob never Bob it sounds old and weird to me. The only people that call me Robert are my mother and girlfriends. Since i have 2 first names people and my friends will call me Rob Travis i guess it just sounds good. My best friend calls me Robbie only he is aloud to call me that." Jan. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend name is Robert and he sometimes will go by Rob in text (except official documents) and around friends. My grandfather's name is Robert and sometimes go by Bob. I have found that those named Robert will go by either Rob or Bob but never both." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cool name. Very common though, but very cool nonetheless!" Oct. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name and I'm called Bob..... After 55 years, I'm stuck with it so life goes on." Mar. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Robert we call him Bobby after my father in law whom passed away. I hated the name, but now i love it, it suits him. It's not that popular at this time(another reason I like it)" Jan. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of our sons is named Robert. We call him Berto but he quickly learned in Kindergarten that if he used "Rob" on schoolwork he would save himself from extra letterwriting work and he's been "Rob" at school ever since. I love the name Rob and Robert, hate Robby (Too "My Three Sons"), hate Bert, love Berto." Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Robert after my dad and grandpa, so I'm Robert III. I go by Bobby, but a lot of people call me rob or Bob even though I dont like it. Overall its a pretty sweet name" Dec. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name robert!!! not only cause my bf name is robert but cause its classic. i love it cause its manly!!!" Apr. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name is Robert. He was born in the early 1950's so it was kind of common during that time. I think it is a classic name that sounds nice. I dont really like Bob as a nickname though and Robbie makes the person sound like a little kid." Feb. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name also. I'm thinking we need to have an all Robert party. You can only come if you name is Robert. Imagine that. You'll know everyone's name at the party. I'm bringing the beer. Who else is in?" Jan. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name and I can't stand when people want to call me "Bob". I go by Rob, but would hate to be called Robby, Bobby, or Bob." Nov. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally enjoy the versatility of my name, I find its like a little bit of sunshine which is brought to me on an angel's back." Nov. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is Robert, too, and also does not use a nickname. Every once in a while someone we both know will ask me "how is Bob?" and I have to stop and figure out who they're talking about. I agree that people should not assume that someone uses a nickname unless that person comes right out and says, "Call me _________" My brother's name is David and he has never gone by Dave, but people call him that anyway." Aug. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "he is so hot and i like his alot but i am not marry to him or dating he" Jun. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I find the name Robert extremely manly!!! for a woman it is a turn on." Jun. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have met many Roberts one of my coworkers name is Robert too. My original name is Roberto (Spanish) but most people in America pronounce it Rober'o leaving the T out. I hate that, so I introduce myself as Robert. Unless I know the person speaks spanish, then I will introduce myself as Roberto. The funny thing is, they end up calling my Rober which is fine by me too." Dec. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Robert. I am going to name my son Bryan Robert." Dec. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is a Robert. Everyone I know calls him Bob but me!! When I met him he told me his name was Robert and thatýs what I called him. When I met his family and friends they are all calling him Bob and it seemed really strange and alien to me. He calls himself Robert when he introduces himself and he will always be Robert to me!" Nov. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband is Robert. Not Bob or Rob. When we first met I thought it was odd he didn't have a nick-name, now I can't imagine shortening it. It is a really nice name. But even when he introduces himself as "hi, I'm Robert" people say "nice to meet you Bob" why??? Don't ever assume a nick name, when someone introduces themselves use the name they tell you, obviously that is what they want to be called, otherwise they would say "but you can call me Rob"" Aug. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "This is my name, but I absolutely detest being called Robert. I go by Bob. The name Robert makes me think of elementary school teachers I had in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was so dirt-common back then, but now it strikes me as nerdy (how many other "--bert" names do you hear these days??). The only advantage to my being called Robert is that it tells me immediately that a caller doesn't know me." May. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name makes me VOMET litterally when i hear it i barf." Jul. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my neighbor's name is rob, short for robert. and he's a drunk so i will never name my baby this!" Jun. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is retarded. Who would name their child this?" Jun. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cool out on the no nickname - Maybe his parents should have named him Richard. Then everyone could use the nickname for him that fits...... Dick......." Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "Named my son after my favorite actor Robert Downey Junior :) I'm glad about it ." May. 23, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert and for years I was Robby. Rob grew on me in highschool and by college I was Rob. One of my childhood friends calls me Beto and my aunt calls me Roberto. I still go by any of them - depending on when you met me. It really is a versatile name that can grow with you. Although I really don't like Bob or Bobby." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i hate when people call me rob or bob they both suck" Feb. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert Adam. And i love it. but i go by Adam" Jan. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Robert. After marrying and leaving my hometown at about age 27 I gave up saying I was Robert. When introduced as Robert by my new work mates, they most often would reply with Bob. My mother did not like me to be a Bob. She said they named me Robert because they like it. Now, many years later, moved again, I use both, to the confusion of some. My first inclination is to say Bob, but with respect to my parents I often use Robert again. I have always used Robert for financial or official records." Oct. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends name is robert n i was on here looking for baby names for our little one on the way...(its between brandon or joshua) n the name suits him i guess..we jus call him rob..but i wuldnt name my kid robert it jus sounds like an old man..hehe..but i love him so i guess ive gotten over it!!" Feb. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Never met a Robert (Bob - Rob - Bobby)that I liked. They have always seemed sneeky." Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "the name's ok, and it seems like i've known more roberts than any other boyname. rawwwberrt. but ugh, i hate "bob" and "bert". go by "rob" or something else entirely. like joseph." Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The comment writer should first learn how to write before offending people with this name. I admit that "Robert" is not an original name, but on the other hand it is used in many countries (Robert in English and German, Roberto in Spanish), so I (now you know I am called Robert, too)feel at home everywhere." Jul. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert, but I tell people it's Roberto. Do not call me Bob or Bobby, I will become irate." Jun. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, I like Robert or Rob, not keen on Bob but I don't get too upset about it. My wife just calls me Rob and nothing else, and my parents call me Robert and nothing else. It is surprising how often my name gets mixed (with people who don't know me that well) and I often get called Richard, Robin and Rod!" May. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name was Robert. He was born in 1923 when there were loads of Roberts in his classes. He didn't want to name any of his 5 children anything as common as his name was. We was called Bob." Sep. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name is robert. We just call him Robert, or in the family we have a few other nicknames for him that I won't mention. The names fine, I dont like or dislike it, it is what it is!" Aug. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Robert, which is my name, seems to project an air of authority, when i was a child i once had a teacher tell me that Robert was a grown up name and that I should go by Bobby, which simply gave me all the more reason to stick with Robert." Jun. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Robert. I never understod why people want to be called Bob, Bobby, Rob, or Robby. I think it's a great name and people shouldn't replace it witha name like Bob." Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like having the name Robert, it brings me shreds of luck every now and then." Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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