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PronouncedPron.HYOO-bərt English
HOO-bert German
HUY-bərt Dutch
UY-BER French
KHOO-bert Polish

Meaning & History

Means "bright heart", derived from the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and beraht "bright". Saint Hubert was an 8th-century bishop of Maastricht who is considered the patron saint of hunters. The Normans brought the name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Hygebeorht. It died out during the Middle Ages but was revived in the 19th century.
VariantsHubertus German Hubertus, Hubrecht Dutch Hubertus, Hugubert Ancient Germanic
DiminutiveHuub Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesUberto Italian Hoebaer, Baer, Bèr Limburgish

Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)
  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 925


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute