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ScriptsАльберт Russian
PronouncedPron.AL-bərt English
AL-BER French
əl-BERT Catalan
AL-bert GermanPolish
AHL-bərt Dutch
AWL-bert Hungarian

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

This name was borne by two 20th-century kings of Belgium. Other famous bearers include the German physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), creator of the theory of relativity, and Albert Camus (1913-1960), a French-Algerian writer and philosopher.
VariantsAubert French Adalbert, Adelbert, Albrecht German Adalbert Polish Adelbert, Albertus Dutch Adalberht, Adalbert, Albertus Ancient Germanic
DiminutivesAl, Bert, Bertie English Bert German Bert Dutch
Feminine FormsAlberta, Bertina English Alberte, Albertine French Albertina Dutch Alberte Danish
Other Languages & CulturesÆðelberht, Æþelbeorht Anglo-Saxon Alpertti, Altti, Pertti Finnish Abbe, Abe Frisian Alberte Galician Adalberto, Alberto, Berto Italian Albaer, Baer, Bèr Limburgish Albertas Lithuanian Adalberto, Alberto Portuguese Adalberto, Alberto, Berto Spanish


Albert Einstein (1920)Albert Einstein (1920)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 163


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute