Robert

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"Roberto" redirects here. For the racehorse, see Roberto (horse).
Robert
Pronunciation /ˈrɒbərt/
Gender Male
Origin
Meaning "fame-bright"
Region of origin Germanic
Other names
Related names Rob, Robbie, Robin, Rupert, Bob, Bobby, Bert, Rahbert

The name Robert is a Germanic given name, from Old High German Hrodebert "bright with glory" (a compound of hruod "fame, glory" and berht "bright"). It is also in use as a surname.[1][2]

After becoming widely used in Continental Europe it entered England in its Old French form Robert, where an Old English cognate form (Hrēodbēorht, Hrodberht, Hrēodbēorð, Hrœdbœrð, Hrœdberð) had existed before the Norman Conquest. The feminine version is Roberta. The Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish form is Roberto.

Variations

Bert (also short for Albert)
Bertie
Beto
Betinho (Portuguese, "Little Beto")
Berto
Bertus
Bo
Bob
Bobby
Bort
Dobby
Hob (Medieval)
Nobby (also short for Norbert)
Rab (Scots)
Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
Riobard (Irish)
Robby
Robere (Old French)
Roberts (Robertson, Latvian)
Rob (also short for Robin)
Robb
Robo
Robbo (Notably Red Robbo)
Rodbert

Rodepertus, Rodbertus, Robertus, Rupertus (Latin)
Rothbert
Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic, Slovak)
Roberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
Robertino (Italian, "Little Robert")
Robertinho (Portuguese, "Little Robert")
Robbert (Dutch)
Robbi (Icelandic)
Robbie
Robi (Serbian, Croatian, Romanian)
Ροβέρτος, Rovértos (Greek)
Ροβῆρος, Rovēros (Greek)
Röbi (Swiss German)
Robin
Röpke (Low German)
Rabbie (Scots)
Rhobert (Welsh)
Robban (Swedish)
Roban
Robercik or Robuś (Polish, "Little Robert") [3]

Robetus
Roibeárd (Irish)
Roeper
Roper (Breton/French)
Roope (Finnish)[4]
Roupen (Armenian)
Rupert
Ruprecht (Old High German)
Ruppert
Rvpertvs (Latin: "Rupertus")
Rubert
Rochbert
Robrecht (German)
Rodebert
Rodebrecht (Old German)
Rudbert
Ruby (Old Dutch)
Rudebet
Roteberht (Germanic)
Rotebert (Germanic)
Trebor (reversal)

Feminine forms:
Roberta
Robbi
Robertine
Robertina
Robina
Ruprette/a (archaic French)

Trivia

Robert, and also the name Joseph, were in the top 10 most given boys' names in the US for 47 years, from 1925 to 1972.[5]

In Italy during the Second World War, the form of the name, Roberto, briefly acquired a new meaning derived from, and referring to the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis.[6]

People

This section lists people commonly referred to solely by this name.
Duke of Normandy
Franconian Babenbergers/Robertian Capetians
Kings of France
King of Naples
Kings of Scotland
Legendary
Medieval
Saints
  • Saint Robert of Molesme, founder of the Cistercian Order (d. 1111)
  • Saint Robert of Newminster, established the Abbey of Newminster near the castle of Ralph de Merlay, at Morpeth, Northumberland (d. 1159)
  • Saint Robert de Turlande, founding abbot of the Abbey of Casa Dei, also called Chaise-Dieu (d. 1067)

In different languages

Surname

Fiction

See also

References

  1. ^ Reaney & Wilson, 1997. Dictionary of English Surnames. OUP
  2. ^ Withycombe, E., 1973 edn. Oxford Dictionary of English Christian names OUP
  3. ^ or just a diminutive of Robert
  4. ^ "Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Roope". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  5. ^ Frank Nuessel (1992). The Study of Names: A Guide to the Principles and Topics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 10. Retrieved 11 September 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  6. ^ RoBerTo Checked, Time Magazine, October 19, 1942