Robert

First Name
4.8m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
12k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Robert mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Robert

"Robert" is a name of English origin, and it means "Bright Fame". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rob"ert
See Herb Robert, under Herb.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States parliamentary authority and author (in 1876) of Robert's Rules of Order (1837-1923)
Wiktionary

From Anglo-Norman Robert, from the Old Frankish cognate of Old High German Hrodperht (normalised form: Ruodberht), from Proto-Germanic *Hrōþiberhtaz (“shining glory”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

Robert was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Old French, Polish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Robert

Bob Dylan is a singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He holds the title Blowin' in the Wind", The Times They Are a-Changin'", Like a Rolling Stone", Lay Lady Lay", Tangled Up in Blue", Gotta Serve Somebody", Things Have Changed", and The Times they are a Changin'". His ongoing career started in 1959. Bob was given the name Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States.

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Bob was given the name Robert Nesta Marley by his parent Cedella Booker on February 6th, 1945 in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Bob is also known as Marley and Robert Nesta. He left this life on May 11th, 1981.

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Bob Ross was an artist in the fields of painter, art instructor, television host, and visual arts education. Bob was given the name Robert Norman Ross on October 29th, 1942 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. He breathed his last breath on July 4th, 1995.

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Robert De Niro is an actor and producer. He has been prominent since 1962. Robert was born as the child of Robert De Niro, Sr., and Virginia Admiral on August 17th, 1943 in Manhattan, New York, United States.

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Robert Herjavec is a chief executive officer of the, null, chief executive officer, chief executive officerof the, and herjavec group. Robert was born on September 14th, 1962 in Varaždin.

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Robbie Williams is a pop rock, soft rock, dance music, and britpop musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Robbie was given the name Robert Peter Williams on February 13th, 1974 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Robert

Alain Robert is a climber. Alain was born on August 7th, 1962. Alain is also known as Robert Alain Philippe.

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Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin was a magician, illusionist, inventor, clockmaker, magic (illusion), and andclockmaker. Jean-Eugène was given the name Jean-Eugène Robert on December 7th, 1805 in Blois, France. He passed away on June 13th, 1871.

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Robert was royalty. He holds the title Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia. His career lasted from 1917 to 1996. Robert was born as the child of Charles I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma on February 8th, 1915 in Schönbrunn Palace. He breathed his last breath on February 7th, 1996.

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Laurent Robert is a soccer player for the Montpellier HSC, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Portsmouth F.C., S.L. Benfica, Levante UD, Derby County F.C., Toronto FC, AE Larissa FC, and France national football team. Laurent was born on May 21st, 1975 in Saint-Benoît, Réunion.

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Hubert Robert was an artist. Hubert was born on May 22nd, 1733. He left this life on April 15th, 1808.

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Robert A. Swanson was a biotechnologist. Robert was given the name Robert in 1947. He died in 1999.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 2,427 12 2,415 #10 boy name
1881 2,149 9 2,140 #11 boy name
1882 2,512 12 2,500 #10 boy name
1883 2,345 11 2,334 #9 boy name
1884 2,475 7 2,468 #10 boy name
1885 2,333 11 2,322 #9 boy name
1886 2,459 16 2,443 #8 boy name
1887 2,133 8 2,125 #10 boy name
1888 2,833 19 2,814 #8 boy name
1889 2,527 14 2,513 #9 boy name
1890 2,553 12 2,541 #8 boy name
1891 2,249 9 2,240 #8 boy name
1892 2,727 17 2,710 #8 boy name
1893 2,580 17 2,563 #8 boy name
1894 2,518 21 2,497 #8 boy name
1895 2,655 20 2,635 #8 boy name
1896 2,747 28 2,719 #8 boy name
1897 2,719 18 2,701 #8 boy name
1898 2,944 12 2,932 #7 boy name
1899 2,627 18 2,609 #7 boy name
1900 3,845 24 3,821 #6 boy name
1901 2,559 16 2,543 #7 boy name
1902 3,201 21 3,180 #6 boy name
1903 3,057 13 3,044 #7 boy name
1904 3,427 13 3,414 #5 boy name
1905 3,431 21 3,410 #6 boy name
1906 3,651 16 3,635 #5 boy name
1907 4,042 22 4,020 #5 boy name
1908 4,245 26 4,219 #5 boy name
1909 4,588 25 4,563 #5 boy name
1910 5,638 29 5,609 #4 boy name
1911 6,565 39 6,526 #5 boy name
1912 12,901 64 12,837 #4 boy name
1913 15,755 72 15,683 #4 boy name
1914 21,268 80 21,188 #4 boy name
1915 28,854 116 28,738 #4 boy name
1916 31,863 122 31,741 #4 boy name
1917 35,388 168 35,220 #4 boy name
1918 40,798 178 40,620 #4 boy name
1919 41,211 184 41,027 #4 boy name
1920 48,883 205 48,678 #3 boy name
1921 53,025 244 52,781 #2 boy name
1922 54,034 237 53,797 #2 boy name
1923 56,370 250 56,120 #2 boy name
1924 61,097 299 60,798 #1 boy name
1925 61,246 350 60,896 #1 boy name
1926 61,500 369 61,131 #1 boy name
1927 62,080 411 61,669 #1 boy name
1928 61,131 435 60,696 #1 boy name
1929 60,236 440 59,796 #1 boy name
1930 62,572 425 62,147 #1 boy name
1931 60,856 343 60,513 #1 boy name
1932 59,588 326 59,262 #1 boy name
1933 54,485 273 54,212 #1 boy name
1934 56,094 266 55,828 #1 boy name
1935 56,755 231 56,524 #1 boy name
1936 58,712 221 58,491 #1 boy name
1937 62,052 223 61,829 #1 boy name
1938 62,483 218 62,265 #1 boy name
1939 59,854 209 59,645 #1 boy name
1940 61,401 206 61,195 #2 boy name
1941 64,429 196 64,233 #2 boy name
1942 72,043 208 71,835 #2 boy name
1943 75,112 250 74,862 #2 boy name
1944 71,041 193 70,848 #2 boy name
1945 70,132 199 69,933 #2 boy name
1946 84,348 214 84,134 #2 boy name
1947 91,879 237 91,642 #2 boy name
1948 85,675 208 85,467 #2 boy name
1949 84,071 202 83,869 #2 boy name
1950 83,768 203 83,565 #2 boy name
1951 86,571 210 86,361 #2 boy name
1952 86,815 193 86,622 #2 boy name
1953 86,423 228 86,195 #1 boy name
1954 86,480 192 86,288 #2 boy name
1955 83,953 234 83,719 #4 boy name
1956 84,113 215 83,898 #3 boy name
1957 81,961 255 81,706 #4 boy name
1958 77,521 235 77,286 #4 boy name
1959 74,731 237 74,494 #5 boy name
1960 72,640 271 72,369 #5 boy name
1961 73,189 289 72,900 #5 boy name
1962 70,432 229 70,203 #5 boy name
1963 70,271 255 70,016 #5 boy name
1964 70,278 279 69,999 #5 boy name
1965 63,389 255 63,134 #5 boy name
1966 59,584 251 59,333 #5 boy name
1967 56,635 255 56,380 #5 boy name
1968 58,476 265 58,211 #5 boy name
1969 58,662 335 58,327 #5 boy name
1970 57,529 328 57,201 #5 boy name
1971 50,952 297 50,655 #5 boy name
1972 43,323 288 43,035 #6 boy name
1973 38,950 249 38,701 #7 boy name
1974 37,280 242 37,038 #7 boy name
1975 35,579 244 35,335 #6 boy name
1976 34,045 236 33,809 #7 boy name
1977 34,458 238 34,220 #7 boy name
1978 33,644 254 33,390 #8 boy name
1979 34,275 252 34,023 #8 boy name
1980 34,535 254 34,281 #9 boy name
1981 34,630 228 34,402 #9 boy name
1982 34,654 233 34,421 #9 boy name
1983 33,000 255 32,745 #10 boy name
1984 32,002 230 31,772 #9 boy name
1985 32,326 238 32,088 #8 boy name
1986 31,582 241 31,341 #9 boy name
1987 30,447 219 30,228 #10 boy name
1988 30,495 182 30,313 #10 boy name
1989 30,190 126 30,064 #10 boy name
1990 28,980 109 28,871 #13 boy name
1991 26,905 77 26,828 #13 boy name
1992 24,147 59 24,088 #17 boy name
1993 22,513 70 22,443 #17 boy name
1994 20,607 52 20,555 #21 boy name
1995 18,627 44 18,583 #22 boy name
1996 17,711 37 17,674 #23 boy name
1997 16,340 36 16,304 #23 boy name
1998 15,552 28 15,524 #23 boy name
1999 14,563 24 14,539 #26 boy name
2000 13,760 23 13,737 #29 boy name
2001 12,684 21 12,663 #30 boy name
2002 12,038 14 12,024 #34 boy name
2003 11,409 16 11,393 #35 boy name
2004 10,710 35 10,675 #36 boy name
2005 10,176 17 10,159 #37 boy name
2006 9,910 11 9,899 #47 boy name
2007 9,385 9 9,376 #47 boy name
2008 8,834 7 8,827 #49 boy name
2009 7,837 11 7,826 #55 boy name
2010 7,566 12 7,554 #54 boy name
2011 6,977 9 6,968 #62 boy name
2012 6,953 7 6,946 #60 boy name
2013 6,716 8 6,708 #62 boy name
2014 6,641 8 6,633 #60 boy name
2015 6,119 8 6,111 #63 boy name
2016 5,977 0 5,977 #62 boy name
2017 5,507 0 5,507 #65 boy name

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Popularity of Robert as a first name

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Popularity of Robert as a last name

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Common last names for Robert

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  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Martin
  • Lee
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Young

Common first names for Robert

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Robert U.S.
  White 71.20% 64.26%
  African American 15.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Robert

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

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Fun Facts about the name Robert

  • What name lists does Robert rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Robert? Robert is the 3rd most popular name of all time. In 2017 Robert was the 65th most popular name. As a last name Robert was the 2,944th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Robert have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,834,915 babies born with the first name Robert in the United States. That's more than enough people named Robert to occupy the country of Ireland with an estimated population of 4,588,252 (as of April 10, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Robert? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 2,427 new born babies.
  • When was Robert first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Robert is Tuesday, January 9th, 1816.
  • What year had the most people named Robert born? The highest recorded use of the first name Robert was in 1947 with a total of 91,642 babies. That's a lot of babies named Robert!
  • Random Robert Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Robert ranks 16th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 444 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Robert: Your name in reverse order is Trebor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orretb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Robert? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,181 people with the last name Robert.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Robert? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Robert as their last name.

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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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