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PronouncedPron.HUR-bərt English
HER-bert German
ER-BER French

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements hari "army" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Herebeorht. In the course of the Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.
VariantHeribert German
DiminutivesBert, Bertie, Herb, Herbie English
Feminine FormBertina English
Other Languages & CulturesHaribert Ancient Germanic Herberto, Heriberto Portuguese Herberto, Heriberto Spanish


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute