[ 1 syll. bob, bo-b ] The baby boy name Bob is pronounced as BAAB (English) or BAOB (Dutch) †. Bob is primarily used in English and its language of origin is Germanic. The name was first used as a diminutive of Robert among 18th-century English speakers. It was a later development than Dob, Hob, and Nob, which were medieval diminutives of Robert which, unlike Bob, gave rise to English surnames but did not remain in use as given names. In literature, it has appeared as the names of the fictional Bob Acres in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy The Rivals (1775) and Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843).
Bob is an English shortening of Robert.
Variant forms inherit the origin and meaning of the name Bob.
Bob is rare as a baby boy name. At the peak of its usage in 1934, 0.233% of baby boys were named Bob. It had a ranking of #75 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is now used on a very modest scale. In 2018, out of the family of boy names directly related to Bob, Robert was the most regularly used.
† Pronunciation for Bob: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"
Details of famous persons named Bob:
Actor Bob Crane, born 13 July 1928 - 29 June 1978, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Actor Bob Denver, born 9 January 1935 - 2 September 2005, New Rochelle, New York.
Actor Bob Hoskins, born Robert William Hoskins October 26, 1942, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
Choreographer Bob Fosse, born 23 June 1927 - 23 September 1987, Chicago, Illinois.
Comedian Bob Hope, born Leslie Townes Hope 29 May 1903 - 27 July 2003, Eltham, England.
Comedian Bob Newhart, born 5 September 1929, Oak Park, Illinois.
Game Show Host Bob Barker, born 12 December 1923, Darrington, Washington.
Journalist Bob Woodward, born 26 March 1943, Geneva, Illinois.
Politician Bob Dole, born 22 July 1923, Russell, Kansas.
Politician Bob Smith, born 30 March 1941, Tuftonboro, New Hampshire.