Robert Runge in the US

  1. #289,921 Robert Leduc
  2. #289,922 Robert Marler
  3. #289,923 Robert Mintz
  4. #289,924 Robert Neubauer
  5. #289,925 Robert Runge
  6. #289,926 Robert Stilwell
  7. #289,927 Robert Tighe
  8. #289,928 Roberta Berry
  9. #289,929 Roberta Weaver
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Meaning & Origins

One of the many French names of Germanic origin that were introduced into Britain by the Normans; it has since remained in continuous use. It is derived from the nearly synonymous elements hrōd ‘fame’ + berht ‘bright, famous’, and had a native Old English predecessor of similar form (Hreodbeorht), which was supplanted by the Norman name. Two dukes of Normandy in the 11th century bore the name: the father of William the Conqueror (sometimes identified with the legendary Robert the Devil), and his eldest son. It was borne also by three kings of Scotland, notably Robert the Bruce (1274–1329), who freed Scotland from English domination. The altered short form Bob is very common, but Hob and Dob, which were common in the Middle Ages and gave rise to surnames, are extinct. See also Rupert.
3rd in the U.S.
German: from Middle High German runge ‘staff’, ‘stick’ (Old High German runga). The precise sense of the surname is not clear, but the vocabulary word was used in particular of the support rung on the side of a (ladder) wagon; thus it is possibly a metonymic occupational name for a wheelwright.
6,673rd in the U.S.

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