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This article is about the name. For other uses, see Robert (disambiguation).
"Roberto" redirects here. For the racehorse, see Roberto (horse).
"Robertus" redirects here. For the spider genus, see Robertus (spider).
Robert magnificent statue in falaise.JPG
Pronunciation /ˈrɒbərt/
German: [ʁoːbɛʁt]
Gender Male
Name day September 17
Meaning "fame-bright"
Region of origin Germanic countries
Other names
Related names Rob, Robbie, Robin, Rupert, Bob, Bobby, Bert, Rahbert

The name Robert is a Germanic given name, from Proto-Germanic *χrōþi- "fame" and *berχta- "bright".[1] Compare Old Dutch Robrecht and Old High German Hrodebert (a compound of hruod "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.

Similar to the name Richard, "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, Hungarian, 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)
Nobby (also short for Norbert)
Rab, Rabbie (Scots)
Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
Rhobert (Welsh)
Riobard (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")
Robertinho (Portuguese, "Little Robert")
Ροβέρτος, Rovértos (Greek)
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)
Roibeárd (Irish)
Röpke (Low German diminutive form)
Rotbryht (Old English)
Roibeárd (Irish)
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.[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]

Notable 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

Fictional characters

In different languages


See also


  1. ^ Robrecht, (Dutch)
  2. ^ Reaney & Wilson, 1997. Dictionary of English Surnames. OUP
  3. ^ Withycombe, E., 1973 edn. Oxford Dictionary of English Christian names OUP
  4. ^ "Article "Robert"". Behind the Name — the etymology and history of first names. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  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