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Quick Facts on Bobby

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 669
Simple meaning:
Famed, bright, shining, glory

Characteristics of Bobby

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bobby

Bobby is a diminutive of Bob which developed as a short form for the masculine name Robert. Robert comes from the old Germanic name Hrodberht, derived from the near-synonymous elements “hrod” meaning “fame or glory” and “berht” meaning “bright, shining”. The French Normans introduced this name to Britain in the 11th century (after the Norman Conquest of England), where it replaced the Olde English cognate Hreodbeorht. Robert has remained a very common English name since the Middle Ages. The name was borne by two early kings of France, two Dukes of Normandy, and three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce who restored the independence of Scotland from England in the 14th century. Robert has been a perennial favorite among English-speaking nations. Like William, Richard, John, Thomas, Edward, George, Henry and James – Robert is a male name that has been in continual use for centuries. The name has also given birth to several variations and pet forms including Rob, Robbie, Robin, Rupert, Bo, Bert, Bob and Bobby. Bobby is used an independently given name now; no longer just a nickname for Robert. In fact, Bobby as a stand-alone name is pretty high ranking for baby boys currently being born in Ireland and England.

Popularity of the Name Bobby

Bobby first shows up as an independently given name in America in 1904 although it took about ten years for it to actually stick to the charts. Then, remarkably, Bobby very quickly increased in usage; the name became a Top 100 favorite in 1927. Not only did Bobby remain on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy’s names for 50 straight years, but his height of popularity was reached in the 1930s and early 40s when it was a Top 30. As a casual nickname, we were surprised to see this successful history of usage. Bobby fell off the Top 100 list in 1977 and he’s been declining in popularity ever since. Nicknames like Alex, Sam and Max have now replaced the mid-century Bobby, Larry and Ronny type male names derived from short forms. Bobby is also a little androgynous since it has a history of being used for girls (often spelled Bobbie or Bobbi). Bobby is not as masculine sounding as Robert, Rob or Bob, but it is a cute, sweet name. It’s just perhaps a little too colloquial and makes us think of Bobby Brady from “The Brady Bunch” or Bobby Hill from “King of the Hill.” However, we will say this: Bobby is a great choice for hockey-loving parents out there (think: Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr).
Popularity of the Boy Name Bobby
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bobby

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bobby

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bobby

    Bobby We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bobby.

  • Popular Songs on Bobby

    Popular Songs on Bobby

    Bobby - a song by Reba McEntire

    Bobby Brown - a song by Frank Zappa

    Bobby Jean - a song by Bruce Springsteen

    Bobby Sox to Stockings - a song by Frankie Avalon

    Go Bobby Soxer - a song by Chuck Berry

    Little Bobby - a song by Dynamite Boy

    Me And Bobby and Bobby's Brother - a song by ABBA

    Me And Bobby McGee - a song by Janis Joplin

    Me and Bobby McGee - a song by Kris Kristofferson

    Run Bobby Run - a song by Lesley Gore

    Some Bobby - a song by Bobby V.

    To Bobby - a song by Joan Baez

    Viva Bobby Joe - a song by The Equals

    Wrong About Bobby - a song by the Eels

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bobby

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bobby

    Bobby Baboon's Banana Be-Bop (Barbara deRubertis) - Bobby Baboon has been busy picking bunches of bananas. He wants to bring the bananas to Alpha Betty's school. But he'll need some help from his buddies along the way! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Bobby Baseball (Robert Kimmel Smith) - Ten-year-old Bobby Ellis loves everything about baseball, from the hits to the hot dogs. That's why he calls himself Bobby Baseball! Every day he dreams of becoming a major league pitcher and joining the stars in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And what better place to start his career than right here on his own Kids Club team, the Hawks? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain (Dave Keane) - A hilarious cautionary tale full of mayhem—and wordplay. Bobby Bramble has a thirst for adventure, a taste for danger, and energy to spare. But no one in his family seems to appreciate these traits. Instead, they worry that he'll fall and crack his skull open—and one day that's exactly what happens. To make matters worse, Bobby's brain decides to take off, as if it had a mind of its own. What follows is the madcap pursuit—and recapture—of the elusive gray matter and the successful reunion of brain and brawn. A hilarious cautionary tale full of mayhem—and wordplay. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) (Lisa Yee) - Bobby Ellis-Chan is ready to fight his fears (maybe?). In his last adventure, Bobby Ellis-Chan got stuck to a stinky tree, had underwear attached to his back, and faced down a whole wolfpack of girls. What could be scarier or more humiliating than that? Oh, how about playing sports with his football-hero dad...A cat with 27 toes...An asthma attack in public...Dancing on stage in the school musical...And the list goes on! Bobby will have to overcome his fears if he's going to come out on top. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) (Lisa Yee) - Lisa Yee brings her gift for finding the funny (and the truth) in everyday kid situations to chapter-book readers. Meet Robert Carver Ellis-Chan -- a perfectly normal fourth-grader who gets into perfectly crazy situations! Like when he was running for class president and discovered his big sister's panties (static-)clinging to the back of his sweater. Or when he got stuck to the rare sticky (and stinky) Koloff tree on a field trip…Then there's his family -- busy mom, ex-pro football player dad, a bossy older sister and an adoring younger one -- and best friends (one of whom is a secret, because she's a *girl*). Life may be complicated for Bobby, but it's going to turn out just fine. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    I'm Not Bobby! (Jules Feiffer) - "Someone's calling Bobby. I'm not Bobby. I'm a lion." Bobby's parents are trying to get his attention, but Bobby is something else. For example, he's a monster, an airplane, a dinosaur. Anything but Bobby. It's not long before Bobby turns himself into an eagle soaring away with Mom, Dad, and every other grown-up in his life chasing after him. But after a daring escape into outer space, Bobby gets hungry and returns to Earth to claim his dinner. This hilarious escape story rings true to every child's struggle for independence--not to mention a full tummy. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Little Baby Bobby Goes to the Zoo (Sally Huss) - Little Baby Bobby, along with his unruly brother and sister, his mother and his dog Sam, visit the zoo. When disaster befalls a young lad who has fallen into the lion cage, Little Baby Bobby and Sam go into action. Unbeknownst to everyone but Sam, Little Baby Bobby is very, very strong. How the two save the day is their secret. Great fun. Great for bedtime reading. The bright colors and happy art of Sally Huss dance across these pages. The story will amuse your child while the message about paying attention to the word "No" sinks in. Message at the end for parents. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sleeping Bobby (Mary Pope Osborne) - A beautiful baby, a sinister spell, a pricked finger, a hundred-year sleep, a true-love wake-up kiss. We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but not the one that Will and Mary Pope Osborne tell -- with a handsome prince named Bob, a feisty princess who wakes him from his enchanted slumber, and charming artwork from acclaimed illustrator Giselle Potter. Here's a fresh, magical reworking of the classic fairy tale that's sure to have kids begging, "Read it again!" As soon as he touched the wheel's spindle, a splinter pricked his finger. "Ouch!" said Bob. "Good night, Bobby," said the old woman. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Stop Bullying Bobby!: Helping Children Cope with Teasing and Bullying (Dana Smith-Mansell) - In this insightful and winsome story, Robin, a seven-year-old girl, sees Bobby, the new kid in the neighborhood, being teased and bullied by other kids. Bobby dresses differently and is very small for his age. Robin wants to help Bobby, but doesn't know how so she asks her parents for help. After witnessing firsthand the teasing that Bobby has to endure, Robin's mother talks to Bobby and Robin's teacher, Ms. Wells. Ms. Wells develops a clever class activity to teach the children that everyone is different, but these differences should not be grounds for bullying. Using puppets, the children come to see the good in everyone, no matter how different. This informative book is a must read for all parents of young children who may be or are dealing with bullies and teasing at school. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon (Thornton W. Burgess) - Delightfully instructive tale — charmingly told — of another denizen of the Green Forest. Suffering a series of mishaps after a bad dream, Bobby bites his own tail, is horribly frightened, survives an encounter with Buster Bear, gets a terrible shaking and more before he's rescued by Peter Rabbit and acquires a new home. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Uncle Bobby's Wedding (Sarah S. Brannen) - Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby’s niece Chloe is worried that she won’t be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special? Sarah Brannen’s warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding embraces Bobby’s relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece’s love for each other. Beautifully told and charmingly illustrated, this simple yet moving story begs to be read time and again. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Bobby

    Famous People Named Bobby

    Famous People Known by the Name Bobby - Bobby Abreu (baseball player); Bobby Bauer (hockey player); Bobby Bell (football player); Bobby Brown (musician); Bobby Clarke (hockey player); Bobby Darin (singer); Bobby Doerr (baseball player); Bobby Fischer (chess champion); Bobby Hull (hockey player); Bobby Kennedy (former Attorney General and Presidential hopeful); Bobby Labonte (racecar driver); Bobby Layne (football player); Bobby Locke (golfer); Bobby Mitchell (football player); Bobby Orr (hockey player); Bobby Unser (racecar driver); Bobby Wallace (baseball player); Bobby Wanzer (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bobby

    Children of Famous People Named Bobby

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Bobby - Bobby Hull (hockey player); Bobby Unser (racecar driver); Kitty Wells (country music singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Bobby - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bobby - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bobby.

Personality of the Boy Name Bobby

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bobby

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