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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 46 0 46
1881 50 0 50
1882 59 0 59
1883 62 0 62
1884 50 0 50
1885 52 0 52
1886 66 0 66
1887 74 0 74
1888 59 0 59
1889 52 0 52
1890 53 0 53
1891 55 0 55
1892 61 0 61
1893 59 0 59
1894 48 0 48
1895 54 0 54
1896 45 0 45
1897 53 0 53
1898 61 0 61
1899 59 0 59
1900 98 0 98
1901 49 0 49
1902 64 0 64
1903 66 0 66
1904 65 0 65
1905 58 0 58
1906 69 0 69
1907 77 0 77
1908 77 0 77
1909 58 0 58
1910 103 0 103
1911 76 0 76
1912 141 0 141
1913 169 5 164
1914 217 0 217
1915 296 0 296
1916 304 0 304
1917 358 6 352
1918 482 5 477
1919 554 6 548
1920 710 0 710
1921 808 10 798
1922 787 0 787
1923 928 11 917
1924 1,174 7 1,167
1925 1,373 6 1,367
1926 1,788 9 1,779
1927 1,985 14 1,971 #100 boy name
1928 2,103 11 2,092 #95 boy name
1929 2,109 6 2,103 #89 boy name
1930 2,254 13 2,241 #88 boy name
1931 2,328 10 2,318 #78 boy name
1932 2,443 16 2,427 #79 boy name
1933 2,231 12 2,219 #82 boy name
1934 2,486 8 2,478 #75 boy name
1935 2,397 10 2,387 #81 boy name
1936 2,417 8 2,409 #77 boy name
1937 2,377 14 2,363 #81 boy name
1938 2,211 7 2,204 #94 boy name
1939 2,250 8 2,242 #89 boy name
1940 2,087 5 2,082 #99 boy name
1941 2,081 7 2,074
1942 2,210 7 2,203
1943 2,282 8 2,274
1944 2,139 6 2,133
1945 2,180 5 2,175
1946 2,492 0 2,492
1947 2,519 5 2,514
1948 1,965 5 1,960
1949 1,471 6 1,465
1950 978 0 978
1951 806 0 806
1952 756 0 756
1953 700 5 695
1954 701 5 696
1955 802 6 796
1956 1,020 0 1,020
1957 1,819 6 1,813
1958 2,522 0 2,522
1959 2,832 8 2,824
1960 2,720 0 2,720
1961 2,506 5 2,501
1962 2,171 5 2,166
1963 1,852 6 1,846
1964 1,433 0 1,433
1965 1,000 0 1,000
1966 689 5 684
1967 542 10 532
1968 478 0 478
1969 426 0 426
1970 410 5 405
1971 325 0 325
1972 220 0 220
1973 208 0 208
1974 170 0 170
1975 168 0 168
1976 139 0 139
1977 120 0 120
1978 110 0 110
1979 118 0 118
1980 107 0 107
1981 84 0 84
1982 91 0 91
1983 89 0 89
1984 76 0 76
1985 73 0 73
1986 62 0 62
1987 56 0 56
1988 57 0 57
1989 56 0 56
1990 53 0 53
1991 66 0 66
1992 42 0 42
1993 38 0 38
1994 37 0 37
1995 30 0 30
1996 31 0 31
1997 33 0 33
1998 21 0 21
1999 16 0 16
2000 31 0 31
2001 19 0 19
2002 17 0 17
2003 9 0 9
2004 19 0 19
2005 24 0 24
2006 11 0 11
2007 8 0 8
2008 23 0 23
2009 22 0 22
2010 10 0 10
2011 14 0 14
2012 8 0 8
2013 19 0 19
2014 6 0 6
2015 14 0 14

Want to know about the popularity of the Bob baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 93,197 babies born with the name Bob in the United States. That's more than enough Bobs to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 46 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Bob" was in 1959 with a total of 2,824 babies. (That's a lot of baby Bobs)

According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Bob" ranks #96 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Indiana. Imagine that, 103 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 1960. Across the entire United States a total of 2,720 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Bob" mean? The list below shows the origins of Bob as well as things modernly associated with the name Bob such as celebrities named Bob.

Origin and Meaning of Bob

The name "Bob" is of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Robert". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bob
Senses
  1. Anything that hangs so as to play loosely, or with a short abrupt motion, as at the end of a string; a pendant; as, the bob at the end of a kite's tail."In jewels dressed and at each ear a bob." [Dryden.]
  2. A knot of worms, or of rags, on a string, used in angling, as for eels; formerly, a worm suitable for bait."Or yellow bobs, turned up before the plow, Are chiefest baits, with cork and lead enow." [Lauson.]
  3. A small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float.
  4. The ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line.
  5. A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
  6. A short, jerking motion; act of bobbing; as, a bob of the head.
  7. [Steam Engine] A working beam.
  8. A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig."A plain brown bob he wore." [Shenstone.]
  9. A peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells.
  10. The refrain of a song."To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song." [L'Estrange.]
  11. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
  12. A jeer or flout; a sharp jest or taunt; a trick."He that a fool doth very wisely hit, Doth very foolishly, although he smart, Not to seem senseless of the bob." [Shak.]
  13. A shilling.(Slang, Eng)

Etymology: An onomatopoetic word, expressing quick, jerky motion; OE. bob bunch, bobben to strike, mock, deceive. Cf. Prov. Eng. bob, n., a ball, an engine beam, bunch, blast, trick, taunt, scoff; as, a v., to dance, to courtesy, to disappoint, OF. bober to mock

verb Bob
Senses
  1. To cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob."He bobbedhis head." [W. Irving.]
  2. To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap."If any man happened by long sitting to sleep . . . he was suddenly bobbed on the face by the servants." [Elyot.]
  3. To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch."Gold and jewels that I bobbed from him." [Shak.]
  4. To mock or delude; to cheat."To play her pranks, and bob the fool, The shrewish wife began." [Turbervile.]
  5. To cut short; as, to bob the hair, or a horse's tail.

Etymology: OE. bobben. See Bob (n.)

verb Bob
Senses
  1. To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything." Bobbingand courtesying." [Thackeray.]
  2. To angle with a bob. See Bob (n.), 2 & 3."He ne'er had learned the art to bob For anything but eels." [Saxe.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A short abrupt inclination (as of the head) ("he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement")
  2. A short or shortened tail of certain animals
  3. A small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
  4. A hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
  5. A long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
  6. A hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
  7. A former monetary unit in Great Britain
  8. Cut hair in the style of a bob ("Bernice bobs her hair these days!")
  9. Make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect
  10. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  11. Move up and down repeatedly ("her rucksack bobbed gently on her back")
  12. Ride a bobsled ("The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure")

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Alternative Meanings

B is for bestow, as you give so much.

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion.

B is for beloved, as you are to many.

Your name in reverse order is "Bob". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Bbo". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Bob born May 10, 1940

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Egypt approximately on 1150. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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