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Quick Facts on Robert

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 62
Simple meaning:
Famed, bright, shining, glory

Characteristics of Robert

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Robert

The name 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. Robert remains a popular choice throughout the British Isles and Ireland as well as North America. The Spanish form of the name, Roberto, is ranked high in Spain, Mexico and Latin America.

Popularity of the Name Robert

As mentioned above, Robert has remained an all-time favorite boys name since the Middle Ages. In the United States, specifically, Robert has enjoyed the same perennial success. The name has maintained a top spot of the American charts since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. For 110 straight years, Robert was a Top 10 choice for little boys. The height of the name’s popularity was during the late 1920s all through most of the 1930s when it reached the coveted #1 position on the charts. Not many names can claim that victory! It was not until recently (1990) that Robert finally fell off the Top 10 list. Then, in 2009, he fell from the Top 50. Robert has stepped aside in the 21st century to make room for modern naming trends that favor names like Ethan, Noah, Aiden, Connor and Logan. Names like John, Robert, Thomas and Richard are still holding their own on the naming charts, but they have languished a bit in usage. Not to despair. Robert is an age-old name loaded with ancestral importance among English speakers but without the heavy Biblical baggage. Popular since medieval times, Robert still feels completely modern and stylish. It’s a name for the traditional parents of today. If your little boy exhibits traits of ‘shining brightly’ and you think he’s destined for ‘fame’ – then Robert is an excellent choice!
Popularity of the Boy Name Robert
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Robert

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Robert

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Robert

    Robert Fitzgibbons (The Success of Robert Fitzgibbons) “The Success of Robert Fitzgibbons” is an illustrated book by Eric Blank that inspires and encourages people of all ages to discover and realize their dreams. The central message is that it's never too late to follow your heart. Throughout his early life, Robert excelled in everything he was expected to do -- school, sports and his career. However, he spent his time pleasing others while never taking into account his own happiness. Even success does not bring Robert fulfillment. Through his journey, Robert Fitzgibbons shows that it is never too late to follow his heart and achieve happiness - the ultimate success. "The Success of Robert Fitzgibbons" will stimulate readers to set their dreams in motion. It is an encouraging story that inspires readers to embrace who they are and to take action to follow their dreams. This book is designed for readers 9-12, but a sure-fire hit for the whole family.

    Robert Jordan (For Whom the Bells Toll) Robert Jordan is the main character in Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, For Whom the Bells Toll. The book tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who hides out in caves during the Spanish Civil War and wages guerrilla war against the fascists. Robert Jordan is a great and admirable character, known, above-all, for his stoicism, grace under pressure, and toughness. He is Hemingway’s creation of the anti-fascist hero. Jordan embodies what's called "the Hemingway Code," the idea that "there probably isn't God or a world after this so you have to establish for yourself a code of behavior so you can be happy with what you left behind." Robert Jordan is manly, honorable and idealistic, even in the face of sure defeat. He's charged with blowing up a bridge. It's a bad order, and he knows it. Yet he carries out his mission, protecting the small band of fighters who've been helping him in the snow-covered mountains. He sacrifices himself, for their cause. In a 2002 public radio interview former presidential hopeful John McCain said, "Robert Jordan was everything I ever wanted to be."

  • Popular Songs on Robert

    Popular Songs on Robert

    (Intro) They Call Me Lil Rob - a song by Lil' Rob [explicit]

    Bob - a song by Primus

    Bob - a song by Weird Al Yankovic

    Bobby - a song by Reba McEntire

    Bobby's Girl - a song by Tracey Ullman

    Bobby's Song - a song by The Roches

    Brian and Robert - a song by Phish

    Courage, Robert - a song by Meg & Dia

    Doctor Robert - a song by The Beatles

    God Bless Robert E. Lee - a song by Johnny Cash

    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

    Robert - a song by Dolly Parton

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Robert

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Robert

    Oh No, It's Robert (Barbara Seuling) - Robert is in the slow reading group, his homework always comes back stamped with a picture of a messy pig, and math leaves him in a muddle. Then his teacher announces a classroom achievement contest and he really wants to succeed. As the library monitor, Robert finds many of the classroom books scribbled in and feels that it is his job to put a stop to it - even if it looks like his best friend could be the Scribbler! Paul Brewer's hilarious offbeat drawings highlight Robert's humorous misadventures. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost (Gary D. Schmidt) - In an attractive large-size volume that's part of the Poetry for Young People series, Schmidt has chosen 25 poems to introduce Robert Frost to young people. The selections are arranged by the seasons, and Sorensen's handsome watercolor illustrations capture the feel of the New England landscape without in any way trying to provide literal images for the poetry. These nature poems show that poetry holds feelings and ideas that everyone can understand. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Robert and the Great Pepperoni (Barbara Seuling) - More than anything, Robert wants a dog, but his parents just won't allow it. They do agree, however, to let him walk dogs, so he starts a pet-sitting service. Unfortunately, he gets everything but a dog to take care of, until he finds a lovable stray who loves pizza. At last, his parents agree to let him give the dog a foster home, where he can train it and get it to the point where someone else might adopt it. Robert calls the dog Pepperoni and puts his heart into training him. Again, Paul Brewer gets to the heart of Robert in his very funny drawings. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Robert and the Weird and Wacky Facts (Barbara Seuling) - Robert is back for another round of hilarious adventures as he and his best friend, Paul, set out to be contestants on the Instant Millionaire Show. That scheme backfires when they find out they are too young to be on the show, but Mrs. Bernthal lets them have a classroom contest that ends up with all the tension of the TV game show. Nothing goes as planned of course. Fans of the previous Robert books will love this new story of Robert's antics as he gets in over his head once again. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Robert the Rose Horse (Joan Heilbroner) - Illustrated in color, this story tells of a city horse with an allergy to roses which causes him many problems until, one time, his sneezes save the day. The School Library Journal says: “Amusing story and the illustrations add greatly to the humor." Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Robert's Snow (Grace Lin) - Robert, a little mouse anxious to experience snow, falls out of his bedroom window in his family's boot home and has a snow adventure. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Robert's Snowflakes (Grace Lin) - It's snowing art! Gorgeous snowflakes fall on each spread -- on one spread snowmen dance, on another children ice-skate. Haiku by well-known writers celebrate the season, and there is even a full-size snowflake to punch out and hang up! Robert's Snowflakes is the perfect gift for a collector or an art lover. Recommended for ages 3-8.

  • Famous People Named Robert

    Famous People Named Robert

    Famous People Named Robert - Robert I (King of the Scots); Robert I (Duke of Normandy); Robert Burns (poet); Robert Frost (poet); Robert Louis Stevenson (novelist); Robert E Lee (General of the confederate army); Robert Oppenheimer (nuclear physicist); Robert F. Kennedy (former U.S. Attorney General); Robert De Niro (actor); Robert Redford (actor); Robert 'Bob' Marley (Reggae musician); Robert Ludlum (author); Robert Allen Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan, musician); Robert Plant (musician); Robert Palmer (musician); Robert Pattinson (actor); Robert Downey, Jr. (actor); Robert Duvall (actor); Robert James Ritchie (aka Kid Rock, musician); Robert Altman (film director); Robert Trent Jones (golfer and course designer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Robert

    Children of Famous People Named Robert

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Robert - Abraham Lincoln (U.S. President); Andrew Johnson (U.S. President); Arthur Miller (playwright); Bob Iger (businessman); Bob Marley (reggae musician); Bobby Brown (musician); Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister of Canada); Davey Allison (racecar driver); Elizabeth Montgomery (actress); Florence Henderson (actress); Fred MacMurray (actor); James Belushi (comic/actor); Jennifer Jones (actress); John Carradine (actor/); John Tyler (U.S. President); Joseph Biden (U.S. Vice President); Joseph Kennedy (businessman); Kid Rock (musician); Malcolm Forbes (businessman); Natalie Cole (musician); Owen Wilson (actor); Ray Charles (musician); Robert Altman (film director); Robert Burns (poet); Robert Kennedy (politician); Robert Stack (actor); Steve Irwin (alligator hunter); Talia Shire (actress); Ted Turner (businessman); William Howard Taft (U.S. President)

  • Historic Figures

    Robert - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rob Roy (Robert Roy MacGregor) (1671 - 1734) - Rob Roy was a famous Scottish folk hero known for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, acquiring legendary status over the years as his tale was told and re-told. Essentially a cattleman, Rob Roy most likely rustled a good deal of his livestock. This was not looked upon as a necessarily bad thing – even the Black Watch regiment, which was formed specifically to control cattle rustling, looked the other way for enough money. In addition, Rob Roy was a Jacobite, i.e., a supporter of the restoration of the Stuart line to the throne. Other than that, the mythology is pretty much up for grabs, and many have taken the bait. It appears to have been a cattle deal gone bad that started the whole legend business, with Rob Roy resorting to the life of an outlaw after being branded as such by the Duke of Montrose, and having been stripped of his property and his living. Rob Roy took up arms against the duke, and continued to do so for many years, until being caught and imprisoned. Luckily, he was pardoned by George I, and in 1727, allowed to return home, where he lived out his final years in peace. Already the stuff of mythology by the time of his death, Rob Roy’s reputation was enhanced even further by literary works by Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Defoe and William Wordsworth, not to mention Liam Neeson’s heroic portrayal of him in the 1995 movie. And – he has a cocktail named after him – what higher accolade?!

Personality of the Boy Name Robert

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Robert

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