Name Analysis

Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: AWS-tin

Medieval contracted form of AUGUSTINE. Modern use of the name is probably also partly inspired by the common surname Austin, which is of the same origin. This is also the name of a city in Texas.

Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Scandinavian, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Romanian, Ancient Germanic
Other Scripts: Роберт (Russian)
Pronounced: RAH-bərt (English), ro-BER (French), RO-bert (German), RO-bərt (Dutch), RAW-bert (Polish), RO-byert (Russian), RO-beert (Russian)

From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning “bright fame”, derived from the Germanic elements hrod “fame” and beraht “bright”. The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht. It has been a very common English name since that time.

The name has been 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. The author Robert Browning (1812-1889) and poets Robert Burns (1759-1796) and Robert Frost (1874-1963) are famous literary bearers of this name. Other bearers include Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), the commander of the Confederate army during the American Civil War, and American actor Robert Redford (1936-).

Usage: English, Irish
Extra: Statistics

The surname comes from the Middle English word botte, which means “a vat or large trough used to contain wine”. A butler (from Middle English boteler) was the servant in charge of the botts. A famous bearer of this surname is the fictional character of Rhett Butler, created by Margaret Mitchell for her novel ‘Gone With The Wind’.