Robert name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Robert mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Robert

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 2 people from California, U.S., the name Robert is of German origin and means "Bright fame and fortune".
  2. According to 6 people from all over the world, the name Robert is of English origin and means "Bright Fame".
  3. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Robert is of German origin and means "Derived from germanic Rho and Behrt. Meaning bright/fame".
  4. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Robert is of English origin and means "Of Bright and Shining Fame".
  5. 3 submissions from Tennessee, U.S. agree the name Robert means "Bright" and is of German / African American origin.
  6. A user from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Robert is of African American origin and means "Bringing Light forth from darkness by a given gift".
  7. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Robert is of English origin and means "'Bringer of Light' -- the original 'Hrodebert' meaning 'The Light [source] Gave him cause to bear [The Light] forth' as in 'Herald of the Birth' or 'Carrier of The Gift'".
  8. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Robert is of English origin and means "The light of hope in the darkness".
  9. According to 3 people from all over the world, the name Robert is of German origin and means "Brilliant".
  10. A submission from Canada says the name Robert means "Hard worker and fancy".
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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)

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

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

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

Notable Persons Named Robert

Notable Persons Named Robert

Bob Dylan

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.

Bob Marley

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.

Bob Ross

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.

Robert De Niro

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.

Robert Herjavec

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.

Robbie Williams

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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  • Rob Lowe
  • Robert F. Kennedy
  • Bobby Fischer
    Chess Player
  • Robert E. Lee
    List of Presidents of Washington
  • Robert Lewandowski
    Soccer Player
  • Robert Redford
  • Boyd Holbrook
  • Robert Pattinson
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  • Robert Duvall
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Robert

Notable Persons With the Last Name Robert

Alain Robert

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

Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin

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.


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.

Laurent Robert

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.

Hubert Robert

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

Robert A. Swanson

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


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 2019 Robert was the 76th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,845,266 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 91,645 babies. That's a lot of babies named Robert!
  • Random Robert Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Robert ranks 46th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 202 babies in Massachusetts have the same name in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Robert: The name spelled backwards is Trebor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Tborer. 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.
  • Robert name meaning

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