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323k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bobby

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bob"by
A nickname for a British policeman; -- from Sir Robert Peel, who remodeled the police force. See Peeler.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An informal term for a British policeman
Wiktionary

Bob +‎ -y

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Robert.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Roberta.

Notable Persons Named Bobby

Bobby Fischer was a chess player. He holds the title Grandmaster(1958) and Grandmaster (chess). Bobby was given the name Robert James Fischer on March 9th, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He passed away on January 17th, 2008.

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Bobby Brown is a singing, songwriter, dance, actor, singer, and dancer. He has had major accomplishments since 1978. Bobby was given the name Robert Brown on February 5th, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Bobby Cannavale is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Bobby was given the name Robert Cannavale on May 3rd, 1970 in Union City, New Jersey, U.S.

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Bobby Bonilla is a baseball player. Bobby was born on February 23rd, 1963 in The Bronx.

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Bobby Darin was a jazz, blues, rock, roll, pop music, swing music, and folk music musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, and xylophone. His most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 1973. Bobby was given the name Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14th, 1936 in East Harlem, New York City. He died on December 20th, 1973.

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Bobby Roode is a wrestler. Bobby was born on January 1st, 1977 in Scarborough, Toronto.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bobby

Bobby is a k-pop and korean hip hop rapping and lyricist. He has been prominent since 2013. Bobby was given the name Kim Ji-won on December 21st, 1995 in Virginia. Bobby is also known as Bobby Kim.

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Anne Bobby is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Anne was given the name Anne Marie Bobby on December 12th, 1967.

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Monster Bobby is an indie pop musician. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Monster was born in 1981. Monster is also known as Barry and Bobby.

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Amjad Bobby is a film score. His career lasted from 1960 to 1960. Amjad was born in Amritsar. Amjad is also known as Amjad Bobby.

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Hamilton Bobby was a soccer player for the Tamil Nadu football team, India national under-17 football team, India national under-23 football team, and India national football team. He passed away on December 10th, 2011.

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Abel Bobby is an athlete for the Taraba F.C.

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How popular is the baby name Bobby in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1900 12 5 7
1901 7 7 0
1904 16 8 8
1905 11 0 11
1906 7 0 7
1907 14 9 5
1908 6 0 6
1909 14 5 9
1910 24 16 8
1911 22 10 12
1912 38 24 14
1913 27 13 14
1914 57 21 36
1915 66 24 42
1916 80 31 49
1917 91 29 62
1918 127 46 81
1919 130 37 93
1920 223 53 170
1921 319 45 274
1922 435 65 370
1923 546 76 470
1924 832 99 733
1925 1,198 111 1,087
1926 1,740 144 1,596
1927 2,468 178 2,290 #91 boy name
1928 3,161 193 2,968 #65 boy name
1929 4,132 209 3,923 #50 boy name
1930 5,444 262 5,182 #41 boy name
1931 6,097 242 5,855 #32 boy name
1932 6,846 250 6,596 #30 boy name
1933 6,748 259 6,489 #26 boy name
1934 7,775 247 7,528 #23 boy name
1935 7,969 245 7,724 #24 boy name
1936 7,926 193 7,733 #24 boy name
1937 7,955 207 7,748 #24 boy name
1938 7,685 191 7,494 #27 boy name
1939 7,202 147 7,055 #29 boy name
1940 7,030 149 6,881 #30 boy name
1941 6,763 176 6,587 #35 boy name
1942 6,380 132 6,248 #43 boy name
1943 6,268 148 6,120 #46 boy name
1944 5,581 171 5,410 #50 boy name
1945 5,179 129 5,050 #53 boy name
1946 5,938 172 5,766 #53 boy name
1947 6,304 184 6,120 #60 boy name
1948 5,716 139 5,577 #62 boy name
1949 5,271 155 5,116 #67 boy name
1950 5,147 129 5,018 #65 boy name
1951 5,138 134 5,004 #77 boy name
1952 5,094 131 4,963 #77 boy name
1953 5,317 135 5,182 #73 boy name
1954 5,631 131 5,500 #72 boy name
1955 5,332 116 5,216 #75 boy name
1956 5,461 106 5,355 #77 boy name
1957 5,729 114 5,615 #78 boy name
1958 5,825 98 5,727 #69 boy name
1959 5,802 125 5,677 #71 boy name
1960 5,755 102 5,653 #73 boy name
1961 5,523 123 5,400 #76 boy name
1962 5,430 108 5,322 #78 boy name
1963 5,306 94 5,212 #75 boy name
1964 5,194 111 5,083 #73 boy name
1965 4,678 87 4,591 #80 boy name
1966 4,150 82 4,068 #82 boy name
1967 3,878 98 3,780 #83 boy name
1968 3,732 101 3,631 #81 boy name
1969 3,767 115 3,652 #82 boy name
1970 3,782 147 3,635 #87 boy name
1971 3,782 133 3,649 #80 boy name
1972 3,290 113 3,177 #90 boy name
1973 3,003 115 2,888 #93 boy name
1974 2,908 117 2,791 #92 boy name
1975 2,876 104 2,772 #93 boy name
1976 2,752 110 2,642 #97 boy name
1977 2,651 110 2,541
1978 2,495 97 2,398
1979 2,702 115 2,587
1980 2,830 108 2,722
1981 2,757 99 2,658
1982 2,708 101 2,607
1983 2,446 90 2,356
1984 2,167 49 2,118
1985 2,144 50 2,094
1986 2,162 57 2,105
1987 1,931 45 1,886
1988 1,746 30 1,716
1989 1,810 51 1,759
1990 1,707 29 1,678
1991 1,544 36 1,508
1992 1,408 21 1,387
1993 1,243 22 1,221
1994 1,155 19 1,136
1995 1,066 20 1,046
1996 955 22 933
1997 924 11 913
1998 854 19 835
1999 739 11 728
2000 742 12 730
2001 662 8 654
2002 650 6 644
2003 567 8 559
2004 581 8 573
2005 504 0 504
2006 552 6 546
2007 521 0 521
2008 519 6 513
2009 462 5 457
2010 462 5 457
2011 345 0 345
2012 337 6 331
2013 361 0 361
2014 311 0 311
2015 327 0 327
2016 313 0 313

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Popularity of Bobby as a first name

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Popularity of Bobby as a last name

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Common last names for Bobby

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Miller
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Walker
  • Clark
  • Robinson
  • Hall

Common first names for Bobby

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bobby U.S.
  White 78.79% 64.26%
  African American 7.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.93% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bobby

People with the last name Bobby are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bobby

  • How Popular is the name Bobby? Bobby is the 221st most popular name of all time. As a last name Bobby was the 24,137th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bobby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 322,522 babies born with the first name Bobby in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bobby to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bobby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Bobby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bobby is Wednesday, August 9th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Bobby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bobby was in 1937 with a total of 7,748 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bobby!
  • Random Bobby Factoid: According to the 1977 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bobby ranks 79th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 29 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1977.
  • Weird things about the name Bobby: Your name in reverse order is Ybbob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yobbb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bobby? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,042 people with the last name Bobby.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bobby? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bobby as their last name since less than 1 person in 286k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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