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PronouncedPron.BAHB American English
BAWB British EnglishDutch

Meaning & History

Short form of ROBERT. It arose later than Dob, Hob and Nob, which were medieval rhyming nicknames of Robert. It was borne by the character Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol' (1843). Other famous bearers include American folk musician Bob Dylan (1941-) and Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
VariantsRob, Robbie, Robby, Robin English Brecht, Rob, Robbe Dutch
DiminutivesBobbie, Bobby English
Feminine FormRoberta English
Other Languages & CulturesHrodebert, Robert, Hrodpreht Ancient Germanic Roparzh Breton Robert Croatian Robert Czech Robert Danish Pertti, Roope, Roopertti Finnish Robert French Robert, Rupert, Ruprecht German Róbert, Robi Hungarian Róbert Icelandic Roibeárd Irish Roberto, Berto Italian Roberts Latvian Robertas Lithuanian Hob, Hopkin Medieval English Robert Norwegian Robert Polish Roberto Portuguese Robert Romanian Robert Russian Raibeart, Rab, Rabbie Scottish Róbert Slovak Robert Slovene Roberto, Berto, Ruperto Spanish Robert, Robin Swedish Hopcyn Welsh


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute