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Robert magnificent statue in falaise.JPG
Pronunciation /ˈrɒbərt/
French: [ˈʁɔbɛʁ]
German: [ˈʁoːbɛɐ̯t]
Czech: [ˈrobɛrt]
Slovak: [ˈrɔːbɛrt]
Serbo-Croatian: [rǒbert]
Gender Male
Name day September 17
Meaning "fame-bright"
Region of origin Germanic countries (England, Scotland, Germany, Scandinavian region), also Ireland
Other names
Derived Roberts, Robertson, Roberson
Related names Rob (Short Form), Robb (Short Form), Robbie (nickname), Robby (nickname), Robin, Rupert

The name Robert is a Germanic given name, from Proto-Germanic *Hrōþi- "fame" and *berhta- "bright".[1] Compare Old Dutch Robrecht and Old High German Hrodebert (a compound of Hruod (Hrōð) "fame, glory" and berht "bright"). It is also in use as a surname.[2][3]

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.

Robert is also a common name in many Germanic languages, including English, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Icelandic. It can be used as a French, Irish, Scottish, Finnish, and Estonian name as well.


Bert, Bertie, Berto, Bertus (also short for Albert)
Beto, Betinho (Portuguese)
Bo, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby
Dobbie, Dobby
Hob, Hopkin (Medieval English)
Hopcyn (Welsh)
Hrodebert, Hrodpreht (Old High German)
Rab, Rabbie (Scots)
Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
Rhobert (Welsh)
Roibeárd, Riobárd (Irish)
Rob, Robb, Robbie, Robby (also short for Robin)
Robbe (Dutch, Frisian and Low German short form)
Robban (Swedish)
Robbert (Dutch)
Robbi (Icelandic)
Robercik or Robuś (Polish, "Little Robert")
Robere (Old French)
Ροβῆρος, Rovēros (Greek)
Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic, Slovak)
Robertas (Lithuanian)
Roberto (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)
Robertino (Italian, "Little Robert")
Ruben, Robertinho (Portuguese, "Little Robert")
Ροβέρτος, Rovértos (Greek)
Raivo (Estonian)
Roberts (Latvian)
Robertson (English given name)
Robertus (Latin)
Robetus (Medieval misspelling?)
Robi (Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian)
Röbi (Swiss German)

Robin (Medieval diminutive in English, Dutch, Swedish)
Robrecht (Old Dutch)
Rodbeard, Rodbeart
Rodbert, Rodebert, Rotbert, Roteberht, Rotebert (Germanic)
Rodbertus, Rodepertus (Latin)
Rodebrecht (Old German)
Röpke (Low German diminutive form)
Rotbryht (Old English)
Roopertti, Pertti, Roope (Finnish)
Ropars, Ropartz, Roparzh (Breton)
Roupen (Armenian)
Rubert, Ruby (Old Dutch)
Rudebet, Rudbert
Rupert (Dutch, English, German, Polish)
Ruperto (Spanish)
Rupertus, Rvpertvs (Latin)
Ruppert, Ruprecht (Upper German)
Trebor (reversal)

Feminine forms:
Bobbi, Bobbie
Robbi, Robbie
Robertina, Robertine
Robyn, Robynne
Ruprette, Rupretta (archaic French)


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.[4]

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.[5]

People with the name


Kings of Scotland
Kings of France
King of Naples
Dukes of Normandy
King of Hungary
Duke of Albany
Duke of Chartres
Duke of Parma
Franconian Babenbergers/Robertian Capetians
Latin Emperor and Emperor of Constantinopole
Lord of the Kingdom of Albania
Princes of Capua

Count of Mortain

Count of La Marche

Religious figures and saints

Legendary and Medieval figures


Movie industry


  • Robert Alzate, real name of the progressive house record producer and DJ KhoMha;
  • Robert Connelly, real name of American DJ Sober Rob;
  • Robert Francis (musician), American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter;
  • Robert Vincent Hughes, real name of the Canadian trap music DJ and record producer Vincent;
  • Robert Johnson, American blues singer-songwriter and musician;
  • Robert Miles, Swiss-born Italian DJ and record producer, inventor of the dream trance genre.
  • Robert Nickson, English/Norwegian DJ based in The Netherlands;
  • Robert Palmer (singer), English composer, songwriter, singer and record producer;
  • Robert Plant, English singer, songwriter, and musician, lead singer and lyricist of the English rock band Led Zeppelin;
  • Robert Sargent, real name of the Canadian DJ Phiso;
  • Robert Schumann, German composer and music critic, one of the greatest composers of romantic era;
  • Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure;
  • Robert "Rob" Swire, British electronic music producer and DJ, also known as one of the members of dubstep/electro house duo Knife Party and drum and bass band Pendulum;
  • Robert Trujillo, American singer and songwriter, one of the members of American heavy metal band Metallica;
  • Robert van de Corput, real name of the award winningDutch DJ and music producer Hardwell;
  • Robert Allen Zimmerman, real name of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan;

Notable criminals

Political Figures


  • Robert Peary, American explorer and United States Navy officer who made several expeditions to the Arctic, reached the geographic North Pole with his expedition on April 6, 1909, believed to be first man to have ever stepped on North Pole
  • Robert Falcon Scott, British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions

Literary figures


Prison officials




People with the surname

Fictional characters

In different languages

See also


  1. ^ "Robrecht". Historische woordenboeken: Nederlands en Fries (in Dutch). Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal.
  2. ^ Reaney & Wilson, 1997. Dictionary of English Surnames. OUP
  3. ^ Withycombe, E., 1973 edn. Oxford Dictionary of English Christian names OUP
  4. ^ Frank Nuessel (1992). The Study of Names: A Guide to the Principles and Topics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 10. Retrieved September 11, 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ RoBerTo Checked, Time Magazine, October 19, 1942