Bobby (given name)

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Related namesRobert, Roberta, Roberto, Bobbi, Bob

Bobby or Bobbie is a masculine and feminine hypocorism, given name and occasional nickname. It is usually a variant of Robert (male) or Roberta (female). It can also be short for the male name Roberto. The female version is also sometimes spelled "Bobbi" or "Bobi".

"Bobby" is a diminutive of "Bob", itself a diminutive which most likely originated from the hypocorism Rob, short for Robert. Rhyming names were popular in the Middle Ages, so Richard became Rick, Hick, or Dick, William became Will or Bill, and Robert became Rob, Hob, Dob, Nob, or Bob.[1][2]




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  1. ^ Hiskey, Daven. "How Dick Came to be Short for Richard". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nickname history". Retrieved November 6, 2015.