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, 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)
Nobby (also short for Norbert)
Rab, Rabbie (Scots)
Raibeart (Scottish Gaelic)
Rhobert (Welsh)
Roibeárd (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)
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.[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


Duke of Normandy
Franconian Babenbergers/Robertian Capetians
Kings of France
King of Naples
Kings of Scotland
Duke of Chartress
Count of La Marche

Saints and Medival Legendary and Religious Figures


Movie Industry


  • Robert van de Corput, real name of the dutch DJ and music producer Hardwell;
  • Robert Swire, british electronic music producer and DJ, also known as one of the members of dubstep/electro house duo Knife Party;
  • Robert Alzate, real name of the progressive house record producer and DJ KhoMha;
  • Robert Plant, english singer, songwriter, and musician, lead singer and lyricist of the english rock band Led Zeppelin;
  • Robert Trujillo, american singer and songwriter, one of the members of american heavy metal band Metallica;
  • Robert Schumann, german composer and music critic, one of the greatest composers of romantic era;
  • Robert Palmer (singer), english composer, songwriter, singer and record producer;
  • Robert Johnson, american blues singer-songwriter and musician;
  • Robert Francis (musician), american multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter;
  • Robert Miles, swiss-born italian DJ and record producer, inventor of the dream trance genre.


Political Figures




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