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  1. United States musician and composer and conductor noted for his comic operas (1859-1924)
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From Old French Herbert, from Frankish *Hari-bercht, from a Germanic source heri "army" + berht "bright".

  1. A male given name. In modern use partly transferred back from the surname.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Herbert was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Faroese, German, Old French, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Herbert

Herbert Hoover was a 31st President of the United States, and 3rd United States Secretary of Commerce. Herbert was given the name Herbert Clark Hoover on August 10th, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, U.S. He died on October 20th, 1964.

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H. G. Wells was a science fiction and social realism writer. H. was given the name Herbert George Wells on September 21st, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England. He breathed his last breath on August 13th, 1946.

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Tiny Tim was an americana (music) musician. He plays Ukulele, guitar, and vocals. He was most prominent from 1962 to 1996. Tiny was given the name Herbert Khaury on April 12th, 1932 in Manhattan, New York City, United States. He breathed his last breath on November 30th, 1996.

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Herbie Hancock is a jazz, post-bop, jazz fusion, jazz-funk, electro (music), and classical music musician. He plays Piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizers, workstation synthesizers, organ, clavinet, keytar, vocoder, Fairlight CMI, Keyboard instrument, and Digital audio workstation. He has had major accomplishments since 1961. Herbie was given the name Herbert Jeffrey Hancock on April 12th, 1940 in Chicago.

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Herbert Spencer was a philosopher. Herbert was born on April 27th, 1820 in Derby, Derbyshire, England. He breathed his last breath on December 8th, 1903.

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Herb Alpert is a jazz, music of latin america, funk, pop music, rhythm, and blues trumpeter, composer, arranger, songwriter, singer, record producer, record executive, painter, sculptor, and music executive. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to present. Herb was given the name Herbert Alpert on March 31st, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Herb is also known as Herb Alpert, Dore Alpert, and Tito Alpert.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Herbert

Frank Herbert was a writer. He was most active from 1945 to 1986. Frank was given the name Frank Patrick Herbert, Jr. on October 8th, 1920 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 11th, 1986.

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Jo was given the name Joseph Glenn Herbert on June 2nd, 1971 in Tacoma, Washington.

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Johnny Herbert is a formula one racer.

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George Herbert was a poet, priest, theology, orator, and theologian. George was born on April 3rd, 1593 in Montgomery, Wales. He passed away on March 1st, 1633.

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John Herbert is a former air force pilot and united states army air forces.

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Pierre-Hugues was born on March 18th, 1991 in Schiltigheim, Alsace.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 424 0 424 #38 boy name
1881 369 0 369 #40 boy name
1882 431 0 431 #40 boy name
1883 422 0 422 #41 boy name
1884 421 0 421 #46 boy name
1885 388 0 388 #45 boy name
1886 400 0 400 #46 boy name
1887 445 0 445 #41 boy name
1888 485 0 485 #43 boy name
1889 472 0 472 #41 boy name
1890 467 0 467 #42 boy name
1891 501 0 501 #38 boy name
1892 513 0 513 #43 boy name
1893 519 0 519 #41 boy name
1894 590 5 585 #36 boy name
1895 569 0 569 #36 boy name
1896 635 0 635 #34 boy name
1897 570 5 565 #35 boy name
1898 716 0 716 #34 boy name
1899 590 0 590 #33 boy name
1900 751 0 751 #36 boy name
1901 573 0 573 #35 boy name
1902 615 0 615 #36 boy name
1903 668 0 668 #34 boy name
1904 680 0 680 #37 boy name
1905 688 7 681 #37 boy name
1906 694 5 689 #37 boy name
1907 710 0 710 #39 boy name
1908 765 6 759 #36 boy name
1909 831 0 831 #37 boy name
1910 886 0 886 #41 boy name
1911 1,135 10 1,125 #41 boy name
1912 2,248 12 2,236 #39 boy name
1913 2,733 10 2,723 #39 boy name
1914 3,267 14 3,253 #42 boy name
1915 4,359 18 4,341 #40 boy name
1916 4,479 16 4,463 #40 boy name
1917 4,767 22 4,745 #40 boy name
1918 5,148 20 5,128 #40 boy name
1919 4,981 21 4,960 #40 boy name
1920 5,269 19 5,250 #41 boy name
1921 5,239 21 5,218 #42 boy name
1922 5,065 19 5,046 #40 boy name
1923 5,092 20 5,072 #40 boy name
1924 5,149 28 5,121 #41 boy name
1925 4,954 32 4,922 #42 boy name
1926 4,979 41 4,938 #44 boy name
1927 5,059 39 5,020 #42 boy name
1928 8,118 48 8,070 #25 boy name
1929 7,917 48 7,869 #25 boy name
1930 5,718 47 5,671 #35 boy name
1931 4,823 36 4,787 #41 boy name
1932 4,399 31 4,368 #44 boy name
1933 3,703 21 3,682 #49 boy name
1934 3,612 11 3,601 #57 boy name
1935 3,459 18 3,441 #58 boy name
1936 3,134 19 3,115 #62 boy name
1937 3,051 13 3,038 #65 boy name
1938 3,029 15 3,014 #68 boy name
1939 3,115 18 3,097 #68 boy name
1940 2,890 16 2,874 #75 boy name
1941 2,975 12 2,963 #76 boy name
1942 3,117 7 3,110 #83 boy name
1943 3,054 11 3,043 #86 boy name
1944 2,782 9 2,773 #90 boy name
1945 2,677 18 2,659 #94 boy name
1946 2,828 9 2,819 #97 boy name
1947 2,870 15 2,855
1948 2,883 12 2,871
1949 2,742 12 2,730
1950 2,631 8 2,623
1951 2,721 15 2,706
1952 2,672 16 2,656
1953 2,625 11 2,614
1954 2,604 12 2,592
1955 2,522 17 2,505
1956 2,399 8 2,391
1957 2,285 9 2,276
1958 2,090 7 2,083
1959 1,849 6 1,843
1960 1,796 12 1,784
1961 1,698 12 1,686
1962 1,594 16 1,578
1963 1,510 6 1,504
1964 1,401 10 1,391
1965 1,391 12 1,379
1966 1,167 9 1,158
1967 1,159 9 1,150
1968 1,056 0 1,056
1969 1,016 5 1,011
1970 1,041 6 1,035
1971 962 11 951
1972 810 5 805
1973 717 9 708
1974 684 7 677
1975 672 0 672
1976 632 0 632
1977 594 7 587
1978 572 5 567
1979 624 6 618
1980 574 5 569
1981 555 5 550
1982 523 5 518
1983 481 0 481
1984 436 0 436
1985 430 0 430
1986 387 5 382
1987 354 5 349
1988 400 0 400
1989 351 0 351
1990 348 0 348
1991 285 0 285
1992 307 0 307
1993 273 0 273
1994 235 0 235
1995 217 0 217
1996 204 0 204
1997 195 0 195
1998 193 0 193
1999 151 0 151
2000 157 0 157
2001 148 0 148
2002 161 0 161
2003 120 0 120
2004 109 0 109
2005 118 0 118
2006 113 0 113
2007 104 0 104
2008 110 0 110
2009 94 0 94
2010 99 0 99
2011 80 0 80
2012 72 0 72
2013 79 0 79
2014 75 0 75
2015 79 0 79
2016 80 0 80
2017 77 0 77

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Popularity of Herbert as a first name

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Popularity of Herbert as a last name

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Common last names for Herbert

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

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Herbert U.S.
  White 71.61% 64.26%
  African American 20.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Herbert

People with the last name Herbert are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Herbert

  • What name lists does Herbert rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Herbert? Herbert is the 329th most popular name of all time. As a last name Herbert was the 1,334th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Herbert have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 228,875 babies born with the first name Herbert in the United States. That's more than enough people named Herbert to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Herbert? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 424 new born babies.
  • When was Herbert first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Herbert is Sunday, May 27th, 1804.
  • What year had the most people named Herbert born? The highest recorded use of the first name Herbert was in 1928 with a total of 8,070 babies. That's a lot of babies named Herbert!
  • Random Herbert Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Herbert ranks 89th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 35 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Herbert: Your name in reverse order is Trebreh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Trehreb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Herbert? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 26,417 people with the last name Herbert.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Herbert? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Herbert as their last name.

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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