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ScriptsРоберт Russian
PronouncedPron.RAHB-ərt American English
RAWB-ət British English
RAW-BER French
RO-bert GermanCzech
RO-bərt Dutch
RAW-bert Polish
RO-byirt Russian

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht. It has been a very common English name since that time.

The name has been borne by two early kings of France, two Dukes of Normandy, and three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce who restored the independence of Scotland from England in the 14th century. The author Robert Browning (1812-1889) and poets Robert Burns (1759-1796) and Robert Frost (1874-1963) are famous literary bearers of this name. Other bearers include Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), the commander of the Confederate army during the American Civil War, and American actors Robert Redford (1936-), Robert De Niro (1943-) and Robert Downey Jr. (1965-).
VariantsRupert, Ruprecht German Robrecht Dutch Hrodebert, Hrodpreht Ancient Germanic
DiminutivesBob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rob, Robbie, Robby, Robin English Bob, Rob, Robbe Dutch
Feminine FormsRoberta, Bobbi, Bobbie, Robbie, Robina, Robyn, Robynne English Roberte French
Other Languages & CulturesRoparzh Breton Pertti, Roope, Roopertti Finnish Róbert, Robi Hungarian Róbert Icelandic Roibeárd Irish Roberto, Berto Italian Roberts Latvian Robertas Lithuanian Hob, Hopkin Medieval English Roberto Portuguese Raibeart, Rab, Rabbie Scottish Róbert Slovak Roberto, Berto, Ruperto Spanish Hopcyn Welsh
Same SpellingRóbert


Robert the Bruce of ScotlandRobert the Bruce of Scotland

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 894


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute