The name Robert is a Germanic given name, from Proto-Germanic*χrōþi- "fame" and *berχta- "bright". Compare Old DutchRobrecht and Old High GermanHrodebert (a compound of hruod "fame, glory" and berht "bright"). It is additionally in use as a surname.

After fitting 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 additionally a common name in a large number of 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.

Variations

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)
Roban
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)
Robo
Robrecht (Old Dutch)
Rochbert
Rodbeard, Rodbeart
Rodbert, Rodebert, Rotbert, Roteberht, Rotebert (Germanic)
Rodbertus, Rodepertus (Latin)
Rodebrecht (Old German)
Roibeárd (Irish)
Röpke (Low German diminutive form)
Rotbryht (Old English)
Rothbert
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
Roberta
Robertina, Robertine
Robina
Robyn, Robynne
Ruprette, Rupretta (archaic French)

Trivia

Robert, and additionally the name Joseph, were in the top 10 most given boys' names in the US for 47 years, from 1925 to 1972.

In Italy throughout 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.

Notable people

Duke of Normandy
Franconian Babenbergers/Robertian Capetians
Kings of France
King of Naples
Kings of Scotland
Legendary
Medieval
Saints

Fictional characters

In different languages

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