Gender Masculine
Scripts Роберт(Russian)
Pronounced Pron. RAHB-ərt(American English) RAWB-ət(British English) RAW-BEHR(French) RO-beht(Swedish) RO-behrt(German, Finnish, Czech) RO-bərt(Dutch) RAW-behrt(Polish) RO-byirt(Russian) roo-BEHRT(Catalan)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the elements hruod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the rare Old English cognate Hreodbeorht. It has been consistently among the most common English names from the 13th to 20th century. In the United States it was the most popular name for boys between 1924 and 1939 (and again in 1953).

This name has been borne by two kings of the Franks, 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. Several saints have also had the name, the earliest known as Saint Rupert, from an Old German variant. The author Robert Browning (1812-1889) and poets Robert Burns (1759-1796) and Robert Frost (1874-1963) are famous literary namesakes. 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-).

Related Names

VariantsRupert, Ruprecht(German) Robrecht(Dutch) Roopertti(Finnish) Hrodebert, Hrodperht, Robertus(Germanic)
DiminutivesBob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rob, Robbie, Robby, Robin(English) Bob, Rob, Robbe(Dutch) Pertti, Roope(Finnish)
Feminine FormsRoberta, Birdie, Bobbi, Bobbie, Robbie, Robina, Robyn, Robynne(English) Roberte(French)
Other Languages & CulturesRoparzh(Breton) Róbert, Robi(Hungarian) Róbert(Icelandic) Roibeárd(Irish) Roberto, Berto(Italian) Roberts(Latvian) Robertas(Lithuanian) Hob, Hopkin(Medieval English) Hopcyn(Medieval Welsh) Hrōþiberhtaz(Old Germanic) Roberto(Portuguese) Rab, Rabbie(Scots) Raibeart(Scottish Gaelic) Róbert(Slovak) Roberto, Berto, Ruperto(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsRobertsen(Danish) Robert, Roberts, Robertson(English) Robert(French) Robertsson(Swedish)
Same SpellingRóbert
User SubmissionRobèrt

People think this name is

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Name Days

Austria: June 7
Austria: September 17
Croatia: February 26
Croatia: June 7
Croatia: September 17
Czechia: April 29
Denmark: September 7
Estonia: June 7
Finland: June 7
France: April 30
Germany: April 29
Norway: June 7
Poland: April 17
Poland: April 29
Poland: May 13
Poland: June 7
Poland: July 18
Sweden: June 7


Robert the Bruce of ScotlandRobert the Bruce of Scotland


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Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 894.
Entry updated December 7, 2022