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#1 Aimee_87

Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:10 PM

Can I get your honest opinions on the name Robert?

We don’t know whether we are having boy or a girl but this is so far the only real contender for a boys name. We have 2 girls already with fairly traditional top 100 names.

I just worry that Robert is a bit too old fashioned, boring or dated?
It’s a family name and DH is pretty keen on it and I do love the nickname Robbie...

What do you think?

#2 blimkybill

Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:16 PM

I think it's a classic which is due for a revival. It's a beauty.

#3 Mrs Spector

Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:16 PM

I think you make the name what you want it! If it’s special and family oriented, then do it :)

Robbie and Bobby are both very cute for a little boy!

#4 Sancti-claws

Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:25 PM

I think it is wonderfully versatile - I know a 3yo Bobby.

#5 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:43 PM

its not very popular (which could be a bonus i guess) - not a  single robert in either of my kids’ years, and - i would hazard a guess - the entire primary school. i have some negative associations with the name - but Bobby is kind of cute.

Edited by Lucrezia Borgia, 23 October 2018 - 10:47 PM.


#6 MooGuru

Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:53 PM

I know a few Roberts of all ages. Have to say I don't think I've ever met one Ididn't like. All go by Rob or Robbie except the plus 50s where Bob or Bobby also comes into play.

#7 Bam1

Posted 23 October 2018 - 11:06 PM

I think the nicknames are way better and personally I prefer names that are better than their nicknames.

#8 kerilyntaryn

Posted 24 October 2018 - 05:48 AM

I think it is great - well known, but not common,  easy to spell and pronounce,  good nicknames, good strong name.  I have a teenage nephew Robert,  nn Robbie,  great name for an Adult too

#9 Gudrun

Posted 24 October 2018 - 07:09 AM

Not my favourite classic but a classic nevertheless.

I prefer Robin. NN Robbie does brighten it up a bit.

#10 Aimee_87

Posted 24 October 2018 - 10:33 AM

Thanks all!

I think the fact that I don’t know of a single baby or small child called Robert is putting me off the most...

We rarely call our DDs by their full names, always by their nicknames so I would likely do the same and start off with Robbie straight away.

I do like Robin too but it wouldn’t work with our surname unfortunately.

Thanks for all your input! Only 6 weeks to go!

#11 la di dah

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:00 AM

Robbie is cute. Though being honest I am fonder of Reuben or Rupert than Robert.

Bob/Bobby is too 1950s for me.

If it's a family name it could be worth it. It's certainly not overused.

#12 sarahec

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:18 AM

I like Robert and love nn Robbie

#13 alwayshappy

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:21 AM

Too old fashioned and dated for me, but if it's what you like, go for it.

#14 Threetwoone

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:27 AM

I like Robert but not a fan of Bobby or Bob. I don't think it matters if it's outdated, there is such a variety of names these days.

#15 zenkitty

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:46 AM

I know Roberts in their 60s, 50s, 30s and teens. I think Robbie is cute on a little one, great name that I hadn’t really considered before!

#16 livelifelovehappy

Posted 24 October 2018 - 11:52 AM

Extremely negative associations for me personally, but I do think Bert or Bertie is very cute. Bobby too.

I'd probably go for Albert, myself, if after the bert ending. I also like R names, it's a good letter.

Edited by livelifelovehappy, 24 October 2018 - 11:54 AM.


#17 seayork2002

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:04 PM

I like the name Robert but with any name I would only use it if you happy re for any nickname.

You may like Robbie but others may say Rob, Bob or whatever.

But if you like Robbie you can just use Robbie

#18 Nobodyelse

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:35 PM

I have a Robert. It is his middle name but we use it as a double barrel with his first name all the time. He's just as much xxx-Robert as he is just xxx.

DS is 7.

#19 ELF_em_bee

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:40 PM

I’m not a fan.  TBH it sounds like an old man’s name.  Robbie is ok but makes me think of Robbie Williams (who I don’t really like, he comes across as obnoxious).

#20 Nobodyelse

Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:59 PM

View PostELF_em_bee, on 24 October 2018 - 12:40 PM, said:

I’m not a fan.  TBH it sounds like an old man’s name.  Robbie is ok but makes me think of Robbie Williams (who I don’t really like, he comes across as obnoxious).

I don't understand this reasoning. Maybe in the abstract but when it comes to naming children, real living children, it makes zero sense to me as a reason for not liking a name.

I meet hundreds of children a year. I've never met a kid with an 'old person's name' regardless of how far in history that name goes back. I've not met a Helen who wasn't a perfect 5yo Helen. Or a Murray that wasn't the most perfect toddler Murray. Or a Kevin that wasn't absolutely a gorgeous 6 month old Kevin.

Names don't have ages. They are always, without exception, the same age of their human.

#21 amdirel

Posted 24 October 2018 - 01:02 PM

I like it! Due for a comeback IMO. It was my dad's name and is DS2's middle name.
I like the nn Robbie, don't really like Bob/Bobby. Though tbh I prefer the full name Robert.

#22 Bam1

Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:23 PM

View PostNobodyelse, on 24 October 2018 - 12:59 PM, said:

Names don't have ages. They are always, without exception, the same age of their human.

A name is only as old as your child if you have made their name up!

Names have trends and there are certainly old person’s names - doesn’t mean the kid isnt cute, unique or whatever - just that they have a name that was really popular in an older generation and then its popularity waned so its linked with that generation.

#23 fancie shmancie

Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:53 PM

Great name.  Classic and crisp.

#24 classic_chick

Posted 24 October 2018 - 03:01 PM

I think Robert is a fine name. It's good that timeless names are passed down through families. In full the name can suit a child just as well as nn Rob or Robbie. I do think Bob is dated (same with Bill for William) probably would only be used by the grandparents if anything.

#25 Nobodyelse

Posted 24 October 2018 - 04:18 PM

View PostBam1, on 24 October 2018 - 02:23 PM, said:

A name is only as old as your child if you have made their name up!

Names have trends and there are certainly old person’s names - doesn’t mean the kid isnt cute, unique or whatever - just that they have a name that was really popular in an older generation and then its popularity waned so its linked with that generation.

Oh absolutely. I wasn't referring to popularity or trends or etymology. I meant this reasoning to not give a child a particular name because it is 'an old person's name'. I don't understand what deterrence that is supposed to convey -  that giving them an 'old person's name' somehow ages them or dates them or something by connecting them to an 'old person'?

Because when I meet kids with these names, the names don't feel like they belong to 'old people'. They always, without exception, feel like they belong to that individual regardless of age.

That's what I meant.




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