The Decade’s Trendiest Baby Names

April 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Following is a link to an article about the 15 trendiest baby names in the U.S. (those which have shown the fastest increase in popularity). If you’re looking to stay on top of fashion, or are hoping to avoid blending in with the crowd, this is some handy information, here.

Names included on the list are: Aria / Arya, Aubree (alternate spelling of “Aubrey”), Bentley, Easton, Harper, Jase (shortened version of “Jason”), Jaxson (alternate spelling of “Jackson“), Khloe (alternate spelling of “Chloe”), Lincoln, London, Mila, Paisley (side note: I cannot believe people actually name their children after a print fabric!), Penelope, Scarlett, Violet

Click through for more information (like when the names first hit the charts, and how long their rise to popularity has been coming):
Today’s Trendiest, Fastest Rising Baby Names

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Some Declining U.S. Baby Names

April 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here you’ll find a link telling you all about the decade’s 15 fastest-declining baby names (names which are falling out of favor the quickest.) Will these be the next generation’s old-fashioned duds, like “Wilbur” and “Mildred” are today?

Names included are: Amanda, Amber, Danielle, Erin, Haley / Hayley, Jada, Jenna, Jennifer, Jessica, Jordan, Leslie, Marissa, Megan, Seth, and Shelby
Honorable mention: Cody, Courtney, Devin, Sean, and Trevor

Click through for more info about the names (like when they first became popular, and how high in the rankings they reached before their fall from grace):
The Decade’s Fastest Dropping Baby Names

By Any Other Name: Writers Named Robert

April 23, 2015 § 1 Comment

There have been literally hundreds (if not thousands) of writers named “Robert” throughout the centuries, including what feels like a disproportionate amount of poets. Probably this is because it has been a popular name for thousands of years, but still . . . just so, so many. Following is a by-no-means-exhaustive list:

Robert of Auxerre (c.1156-1212), French chronicler and monk.
Robert of Ketton (c.1110-c.1160), English astronomer, theologian, and translator.
Robert H. Abel (b. 1941), American novelist and short story writer.
Robert Abernathy (1924-1990), American science fiction author.
Robert Adamson (1852-1902), Scottish philosopher, professor, and writer.
Robert H. Adleman (1919-1995), American historian and novelist.
Robert Aickman (1914-1981), English conservationist, critic, memoirist, and short story writer.
Robert Ainsworth (1660-1743), English author and lexicographer.
Robert Aldrich (b. 1954), Australian historian, professor, and writer.
Robert F. Almeder (b. 1939), American author, philosopher, and professor.
Robert Alter (b. 1935), American professor, translator, and writer.
Robert Anderson (1750-1830), Scottish biographer and editor.
Robert Anderson (1841-1918), Anglo-Irish policeman, theologian, and writer.
Robert Anderson (1917-2009), American playwright, producer, and screenwriter.
Robert Mailer Anderson (b. 1968), American novelist, philanthropist, and screenwriter.
Robert Andrews (1723-1766), English clergyman, poet, and translator.
Robert Hardy Andrews (1903-1976), American dramatist, novelist, and screenwriter.
Robert Anker (b. 1946), Dutch novelist.
Robert Antelme (1917-1990), French activist and writer.
Robert Antoni (b. 1958), West Indian novelist and writer.
Robert Arcq (1925-1994), Belgian memoirist and writer.
Robert Ardry (1908-1980), American anthropologist, playwright, and screenwriter.
Robert Armin (c.1563-1615), English actor and author.
Robert Arnauld d’Andilly (1589-1674), French government official, poet, translator, and writer.
Robert Aron (1898-1975), French historian and writer.
Robert Arrington (b. 1938), American philosopher and writer.
Robert Arthur (1909-1986), American producer and screenwriter.
Robert Arthur, Jr. (1909-1969), American author and screenwriter.
Robert P. Arthur (b. 1943), American critic, director, novelist, playwright, poet, professor, and short story writer.
Robert Assaraf (b. 1936), Moroccan historian and writer.
Robert Asprin (1946-2008), American fantasy and science fiction author.
Robert Atherton (1861-1930), English poet.
Robert Atkyns (1647-1711), English antiquarian, historian, politician, and topographer.
Robert Aylett (c.1583-1655), English lawyer and poet.
Robert Aytoun (1570-1638), Scottish poet.
Robert Bage (1730-1801), English businessman and novelist.
Robert Bagg (b. 1935), American poet and translator.
Robert Baird (1798-1863), American author and clergyman.
Robert A. Baker (1921-2005), American author, editor, professor, and psychologist.
Robert Baldick (1927-1972), English editor, scholar, and translator.
Robert Balfour (c.1553-1621), Scottish philosopher.
Robert Michael (R.M.) Ballantyne (1825-1894), Scottish artist and children’s book writer.
Robert Barclay (1648-1690), Scottish politician, theologian, and writer.
Robert Barltrop (1922-2009), English activist, artist, biographer, essayist, and illustrator.
Robert Barnard (1936-2013), English crime and mystery author, critic, and lecturer.
Robert K. Barnhart (1933-2007), American editor and lexicographer.
Robert Baron (1596-1639), Scottish theologian and writer.
Robert Baron (c.1630-after 1650), English dramatist, plagiarist, and poet.
Robert Bartlett (b. 1950), English author and historian.
Robert Bell (1800-1867), Irish man of letters.
Robert Benayoun (1926-1996), French author, critic, director, and screenwriter.
Robert Benchley (1889-1945), American actor, columnist, and humorist.
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), English priest and writer.
Robert Benton (b. 1932), American director and screenwriter.
Robert Beverly, Jr. (c.1667-1722), Anglo-American historian and plantation owner.
Robert Billings (1949-1986), Canadian editor and poet.
Robert William Billings (1813-1874), English architect, author, and painter.
Robert Bingham (1966-1999), American editor and writer.
Robert Montgomery Bird (1806-1854), American novelist, physician, and playwright.
Robert Bisset (c.1759-1805), Scottish biographer and writer.
Robert Blatchford (1851-1943), English activist, author, and journalist.
Robert Blair (1699-1746), Scottish poet.
Robert Blake, Baron Blake (1916-2003), English biographer and historian.
Robert Bloch (1917-1994), American novelist and short story writer.
Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823), English poet.
Robert Blust (b. 1940), American editor, lexicographer, and linguist.
Robert Boates (b. 1954), Canadian poet.
Robert Bodanzky (1879-1923), Austrian artist, journalist, playwright, and poet, also known as “Danton”.
Robert Boehringer (1884-1974), German industrialist and poet.
Robert Bolling (1738-1775), Anglo-American planter, poet, and politician.
Robert Bolt (1924-1995), English playwright and screenwriter.
Robert Bonnaud (1929-2013), French historian and professor.
Robert Bothwell (b. 1944), Canadian historian and professor.
Robert O. Bowen (1920-2003), American essayist and novelist.
Robert Sidney Bowen (1900-1977), American aviator, author, editor, and journalist, who also published under the pen names “James Robert Richard” and “R. Sidney Bowen”.
Robert Boyd (1578-1627), Scottish educator, theologian, and writer.
Robert Brady (1627-1700), English academic, historian, and writer.
Robert Brennan (1881-1964), Irish author, diplomat, playwright, and publisher.
Robert Bridges (1844-1930), English poet.
Robert Briffault (1876-1948), English anthropologist and novelist.
Robert Barnabas Brough (1828-1860), English author, playwright, and poet.
Robert Brown (1842-1895), Scottish author, explorer, and scientist.
Robert Gregory Browne (b. 1955), American novelist and screenwriter.
Robert Browning (1812-1889), English playwright and poet.
Robert Brustein (b. 1927), American critic, educator, playwright, producer, and writer.
Robert Budde (b. 1966), Canadian author and poet.
Robert Burchfield (1923-2004), English lexicographer, scholar, and writer.
Robert Jones Burdette (1844-1914), American clergyman, columnist, and humorist.
Robert Forrest Burgess (b. 1927), American adventurer and writer.
Robert Burn (1829-1904), English archaeologist, scholar, and writer.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet and lyricist also known as “Robbie Burns”, “Rabbie Burns”, “Scotland’s favourite son”, “the Ploughman Poet”, “Robden of Solway Firth”, “The Bard of Ayrshire”, or “The Bard” of Scotland.
Robert Burton (1577-1640), English scholar and writer.
Robert Butow (b. 1924), American author, historian, and professor.
Robert Byrne (b. 1930), American author and billiards player.
Robert Byron (1905-1941), English critic, historian, and writer.
Robert Calef (c.1648-1719), Anglo-American author and merchant.
Robert Campbell (b. 1937), American architect, critic, photographer, and poet.
Robert (R.) Wright Campbell (1927-2000), American actor, author, and screenwriter.
Robert Cantwell (1908-1978), American critic and novelist.
Robert Caro (b. 1935), American biographer and journalist.
Robert Spencer Carr (1909-1994), American science fiction author.
Robert Carruthers (1799-1878), Scottish journalist and writer.
Robert Carson (1909-1983), American novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer.
Robert Cawdry (c.1538-after 1604), English lexicographer and teacher.
Robert Céneau (1483-1560), French bishop and historian.
Robert Challe (1659-1721), French adventurer, colonialist, and writer.
Robert Chambers (1571-1628), English priest, translator, and writer.
Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933), American artist and author.
Robert L. Chapman (1920-2002), American editor and professor.
Robert Charles (1855-1931), Irish scholar, theologian, and translator.
Robert Charroux (1909-1978), pen name of French author Robert Joseph Grugeau.
Robert Chesley (1943-1990), American composer, critic, and playwright.
Robert Chester (fl.1601), English poet.
(Robert) Erskine Childers (1870-1922), Irish nationalist and novelist.
Robert Choquette (1905-1991), Canadian diplomat, novelist, and poet.
Robert Claiborne (1919-1990), American activist, folk singer, linguist, and writer.
Robert Coates (1897-1973), American author and critic.
Robert P.T. (Peter Tristram) Coffin (1892-1955), American poet, professor, and writer.
Robert William Cole (1869-1935), English science fiction author and photographer.
Robert Coles (b. 1929), American author, professor, and psychiatrist.
Robert Collier (1885-1950), American author and editor.
Robert Collis (1900-1975), Irish doctor and writer.
Robert J. Conley (1940-2014), American Western author.
Robert Conquest (b. 1917), Anglo-American historian and poet.
Robert Seymour Conway (1864-1933), English philologist, scholar, and writer.
Robert Cook (1931-1994), English crime author who published under the pen name “Derek Raymond”.
Robert Manuel Cook (1909-2000), English archaeologist, scholar, and writer.
Robert Coover (b. 1932), American author and professor.
Robert Copland (fl.1508-1547), English author, poet, publisher, and translator.
Robert Cormier (1925-2000), American author, columnist, and reporter.
Robert Coulson (1928-1999), American science fiction author.
Robert Courtneidge (1859-1939), English manager-producer and playwright.
Robert Crawford (1868-1930), Australian poet.
Robert Crawford (b. 1959), Scottish critic, poet, professor, and scholar.
Robert Creeley (1926-2005), American author and poet.
Robert Crichton (1925-1993), American novelist.
Robert Crosse (1606-1683), English clergyman and theologian.
Robert Daborne (c.1580-1628), English clergyman, dramatist, and poet.
Robert Dallek (b. 1934), American historian and writer.
Robert Dana (1929-2010), American editor and poet.
Robert Davidson (1778-1855), Scottish laborer and poet.
Robert DeMott (b. 1943), American author, editor, and scholar.
Robert Jones Derfel (1824-1905), Welsh poet, publisher, and writer.
Robert Desgabets (1610-1678), French friar and philosopher.
Robert Desnos (1900-1945), French poet.
Robert Dessaix (b. 1944), Australian essayist, journalist, and novelist.
Robert de Montesquiou (1855-1921), French aesthete, art collector, and poet.
Robert Dickson (1944-2007), Canadian academic, poet, and translator.
Robert A. Dillon (1889-1944), American director and screenwriter.
Robert Dodsley (1704-1764), English bookseller, playwright, poet, and writer.
Robert J. Donovan (1912-2003), American author, historian, and reporter.
Robert F. Dorr (b. 1939), American author and diplomat.
Robert (R.) Langton Douglas (1864-1951), English author, critic, historian, and lecturer.
Robert B. Downs (1903-1991), American author and librarian.
Robert Drewe (b. 1943), Australian author, dramatist, and journalist.
Robert Drury (1687-c.1743-50), English memoirist and sailor.
Robert Duncan (1919-1998), American poet.
Robert Dunlap (1766-1839), American artist, historian, and playwright.
Robert Edric (b. 1956), pen name of English novelist Gary Edric Armitage.
Robert M. Edsel (b. 1956), American author and businessman.
Robert Dudley Edwards (1909-1988), Irish author and historian.
Robert Eisler (1882-1949), Austrian historian, scholar, and writer.
Robert Elegant (b. 1928), Anglo-American author and journalist.
Robert Elis (or Ellis; 1812-1875), Welsh editor, lexicographer, minister, and poet.
Robert Ellis (c.1820-1885), English scholar and writer.
Robert Ellis (1892-1974), American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Robert Leslie Ellis (1817-1859), English editor, mathematician, and writer.
Robert Ensor (1877-1958), English historian, journalist, poet, and writer.
Robert Epp (b. 1926), American scholar, translator, and writer.
Robert Eustace (1854-1943), pen name of English doctor and mystery author Eustace Robert Barton, who also published as “Eustace Robert Rawlings.”
Robert Ewing (1859-1931), American editor, journalist, and publisher, also known as “Colonel Ewing”.
Robert Fagles (1933-2008), American academic, poet, professor, and translator.
Robert M. Farnsworth (b. 1929), American author and professor.
Robert Fate (b. 1935), American mystery author.
Robert Fergusson (1750-1774), Scottish poet.
Robert Hugh Ferrell (b. 1921), American author and historian.
Robert Ferro (1941-1988), American novelist.
Robert Finch (1900-1995), Canadian academic and poet.
Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985), American critic, poet, and translator.
Robert Flint (1838-1910), Scottish philosopher, theologian, and writer.
Robert Flynn (b. 1932), American author and professor.
Robert Folz (1910-1996), French historian and scholar.
Robert Pierce Forbes (b. 1958), American historian.
Robert Ford (1915-1998), Canadian diplomat, poet, and translator.
Robert Fortune (1812-1880), Scottish botanist, traveler, and writer.
Robert L. Forward (1932-2002), American physicist and science fiction author.
Robert Fox (1798-1843), English antiquarian and philanthropist.
(Robert) Barclay Fox (1817-1855), Cornish businessman, diarist, and farmer.
Robert Francis (1901-1987), American poet.
Robert Frazier (b. 1951), American artist and author.
Robert Freeman (1878-1940), Scottish author and clergyman.
Robert L. Freedman (b. 1957), American dramatist, lyricist, and screenwriter.
Robert Dean Frisbie (1896-1948), American novelist and travel writer.
Robert Frost (1874-1963), American playwright and poet.
Robert Fulford (b. 1932), Canadian critic, editor, essayist, and journalist.
Robert Gaguin (1433-1501), French humanist, philosopher, translator, and writer.
Robert Gall (1918-1990), French lyricist and singer.
Robert Garioch (1909-1981), Scottish poet and translator.
Robert Garnier (1544-1590), French poet.
Robert Gentilis (or Gentili; 1590-c.1655), English scholar and translator.
Robert Gernhardt (1937-2006), German caricaturist, painter, poet, and writer.
Robert Getchell (b. 1936), American screenwriter.
Robert Gibb (b. 1946), American poet.
Robert Gibbings (1889-1958), Irish artist and author.
Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850), Scottish poet and songwriter.
Robert Girardi (b. 1961), American mystery author.
Robert Giroux (1914-2008), American editor and publisher.
Robert Gittings (1911-1992), English biographer, playwright, poet, producer, and writer.
Robert Goddard (b. 1954), English novelist.
Robert Godwin (b. 1958), English author, editor, and historian.
Robert Goffin (1898-1984), Belgian author, lawyer, and poet.
Robert Goldman (b. 1953), French songwriter.
Robert Goldsborough (b. 1939), American journalist and mystery author.
Robert Goldwater (1907-1973), American art director, historian, and scholar.
Robert Gordon of Straloch (1580-1661), Scottish antiquarian, cartographer, geographer, mathematician, music collector, and poet.
Robert Winslow Gordon (1888-1961), American columnist, folklorist, and professor.
Robert Gould (c.1660-1708/09), English poet.
Robert Gover (1929-2015), American journalist, novelist, and teacher.
Robert Graham (1735-1797), Scottish poet and politician, also known as “Robert Bontine” and “Robert Cunninghame Graham”.
Robert Graham (b. 1958), Canadian historian and writer.
Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936), Scottish adventurer, journalist, politician, and writer.
Robert Grant (1779-1838), English essayist, lawyer, poet, and politician.
Robert Grant (1852-1940), American dramatist, jurist, and novelist.
Robert Gravel (1944-1996), Canadian actor, director, dramatist, and teacher.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), English classicist, critic, novelist, and poet.
Robert Graysmith (b. 1942), American crime author.
Robert Greacen (1920-2008), Irish poet.
Robert Greene (1558-1592), English author and dramatist.
Robert Joseph Greene (b. 1973), Canadian anthologist and writer.
Robert Greenfield (b. 1946), American author, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter.
Robert Grosseteste (c.1175-1253), English philosopher, scientist, statesman, theologian, and writer.
Robert Grudin (b. 1938), American philosopher and writer.
Robert Guédiguian (b. 1953), French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
Robert Hamerling (1830-1889), Austrian poet.
Robert Hammond (1920-2009), American critic, scholar, and translator.
Robert Kerr Hannay (1867-1940), Scottish historian.
Robert Venables Vernon Harcourt (1878-1962), English diplomat, farmer, playwright, and politician.
Robert Harling (1910-2008), English designer, journalist, novelist, and typographer.
Robert Harling (b. 1951), American director, producer, and writer.
Robert Harris (1581-1658), English clergyman and writer.
Robert Harris (1951-1993), Australian poet.
Robert Harris (b. 1957), English journalist and novelist.
Robert Hass (b. 1941), American poet.
(Robert) Stephen Hawker (1803-1875), English antiquarian, poet, and priest.
Robert Hayden (1913-1980), American educator, essayist, and poet.
Robert Hayman (1575-1629), English colonist and poet.
Robert Healy (1925-2010), American editor and journalist.
Robert Henriques (1905-1967), English biographer, broadcaster, farmer, novelist, and soldier.
Robert Henry (1718-1790), Scottish clergyman and historian.
Robert Henryson (c.1440-1500), Scottish poet.
Robert Herrick (1591-1674), English poet.
Robert Herrick (1868-1938), American novelist.
Robert Herring (1903-1975), Scottish-Welsh critic, editor, poet, and writer.
Robert Hertz (1881-1915), French sociologist and writer.
Robert Hetrick (1769-1849), Scottish blacksmith and poet.
Robert Hewison (b. 1943), English historian and writer.
Robert Smythe Hichens (1864-1950), English critic, journalist, lyricist, novelist, satirist, and short story writer.
Robert Drew Hicks (1850-1929), English scholar, translator, and writer.
Robert Hilburn (b. 1939), American author, biographer, and critic.
Robert Hilles (b. 1951), Canadian poet and novelist.
Robert Hillyer (1895-1961), American poet.
Robert Hohlbaum (1886-1955), Austrian-German librarian, playwright, and writer.
Robert Holcot (c.1290-1349), English philosopher, scholar, and theologian.
Robert Holles (1926-1999), English author and screenwriter.
Robert Holman (b. 1952), English dramatist.
Robert Holmes (1748-1805), English clergyman, scholar, and writer.
Robert Holmes (1926-1986), English screenwriter.
Robert Hopkins (1886-1966), American screenwriter.
Robert Hough (b. 1963), Canadian novelist.
Robert Horan (1922-1981), American poet.
Robert Howard (1626-1698), English playwright and politician.
Robert Hughes (c.1744-1785), Welsh poet also known as “Robin Ddu o Fon”.
Robert Hughes (1938-2012), Australian-American critic, producer, and writer.
Robert Don Hughes (b. 1949), American educator and writer.
Robert Huish (1777-1850), English author and historian.
Robert Humphrey (b. 1947), American author and journalist.
Robert Hunt (1807-1887), English antiquarian, folklorist, photographer, and scientist.
Robert Hunter (1874-1942), American activist and author.
Robert Hunter (1941-2005), Canadian author, environmentalist, journalist, and politician.
Robert Hunter (b. 1941), American lyricist, poet, singer, songwriter, and translator.
Robert Irwin (b. 1946), English historian and novelist.
Robert Nelson Jacobs (b. 1954), American screenwriter.
Robert Rhodes James (1933-1999), English historian and politician.
Robert Thomas Jenkins (1881-1969), Welsh academic and historian.
Robert T. Jeschonek (b. 1965), American fantasy and science fiction author and poet.
Robert John (b. 1946), American singer and songwriter.
Robert Erwin Johnson (1923-2008), American author, historian, and professor.
Robert Underwood Johnson (1853-1937), American diplomat, historian, and poet.
Robert Jones (1810-1879), Welsh priest and writer.
Robert B. Jones (1920-2007), American linguist and writer.
Robert F. Jones (1934-2002), American novelist and writer.
Robert S. (R.S.) Jones (1954-2001), American editor and novelist.
Robert Jordan (1948-2007), pen name of American fantasy author James Oliver Rigney, Jr., who also published as “Chang Lung”, “Jackson O’Reilly”, and “Reagan O’Neal”.
Robert Furneaux Jordan (1905-1978), English architect, critic, and novelist who also published as “Robert Player”.
Robert L. Joseph (1923-2002), American playwright, producer, and screenwriter.
Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883), Irish music collector, poet, and writer.
Robert Juan-Cantavella (b. 1976), Spanish author and editor.
Robert Katz (1933-2010), American author, novelist, and screenwriter.
Robert Kee (1919-2013), English broadcaster, historian, journalist, and writer.
Robert Keith (1681-1757), Scottish bishop and historian.
Robert Kelly (b. 1935), American poet.
Robert Kemp (1878-1959), French critic and journalist.
Robert Kemp (1908-1967), Scottish playwright.
Robert Kirkland Kernighan (1854-1926), Canadian farmer, journalist, and poet.
Robert (Carr) Kerr (c.1578-1654), Scottish nobleman and writer.
Robert Kerr (1755-1813), Scottish translator and writer.
Robert P. Kerr (1892-1960), American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Robert Kilwardby (c.1215-1279), English clergyman and writer.
Robert Kirby (1936-2007), South African columnist, comedian, musician, novelist, playwright, and satirist.
Robert Kirby (b. 1943), American humorist and writer.
Robert Klymasz (b. 1936), Ukrainian-Canadian folklorist.
Robert Knecht (b. 1926), Anglo-French historian and professor.
Robert Knopwood (1763-1838), Anglo-Australian clergyman and diarist.
Robert Kramer (1939-1999), American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Robert Kraus (1925-2001), American cartoonist, children’s book writer, and publisher.
Robert Kroetsch (1927-2011), Canadian novelist, poet, and writer.
Robert Kurson (b. 1963), American author and journalist.
Robert Lacey (b. 1944), English biographer and historian.
Robert Eyres Landor (1781-1869), English clergyman, dramatist, poet, and writer.
Robert Lawson (1892-1957), American children’s book writer and illustrator.
Robert Lax (1915-2000), American poet.
Robert Laxalt (1923-2001), Basque-American writer.
Robert Eadon Leader (1839-1922), English activist, historian, and journalist.
Robert Keith Leavitt (1895-1967), American author and historian.
Robert Edwin (E.) Lee (1918-1994), American lyricist and playwright.
Robert N. Lee (1890-1964), American screenwriter.
Robert Lees (1912-2004), American screenwriter.
Robert Lees (1922-1996), American linguist and writer.
Robert James Lees (1849-1931), English preacher, spiritualist, and writer.
Robert Leeson (1928-2013), English author and children’s book writer.
Robert Z. Leonard (1889-1968), American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
Robert Lepage (b. 1957), Canadian actor, director, playwright, and screenwriter.
Robert Levin (b. 1939), American essayist and writer.
Robert Benjamin Lewis (1802-1858), American author and entrepreneur.
Robert Lichello (1926-2001), American author, biographer, and historian.
Robert Liddell (1908-1992), English biographer, critic, novelist, poet, and travel writer.
Robert Lindsay (or Lindesay / Lyndsay) of Pitscottie (c.1532-1580), Scottish chronicler and historian.
Robert Lissauer (1917-2004), American author, composer, and musicologist.
Robert Litz (1950-2012), American critic, director, playwright, and screenwriter.
Robert Lloyd (1733-1764), English poet and satirist.
Robert Edward Crozier Long (1872-1938), Anglo-Irish author and journalist.
Robert Lopez (b. 1975), American songwriter.
Robert Lord (1900-1976), American producer and screenwriter.
Robert Louthan (b. 1951), American poet.
Robert Loveman (1864-1923), American poet.
Robert Morss Lovett (1870-1956), American academic, activist, editor, government official, and writer.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), American poet.
Robert Lowie (1883-1957), Austrian-American anthropologist and writer.
Robert A.W. Lowndes (1916-1998), American science fiction author and editor.
Robert Lowry (1919-1994), American illustrator, novelist, publisher, and short story writer.
Robert Wilson Lynd (1879-1949), Irish essayist and writer.
Robert David MacDonald (1929-2004), Scottish director, playwright, and translator.
Robert MacNeil (b. 1931), Canadian-American journalist and writer.
Robert Majzels (b. 1950), Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, and translator.
Robert Manning (1919-2012), American author, editor, and journalist.
Robert Mannyng (de Brune) (c.1275-1338), English chronicler and monk.
Robert Marasco (1936-1998), American horror author and playwright.
Robert K. Massie (b. 1929), American author and historian.
Robert Henry Mathews (1877-1970), Australian lexicographer, linguist, missionary, and scholar.
Robert L. May (1905-1976), American poet and writer.
Robert C. Maynard (1937-1993), American editor, journalist, and publisher.
Robert McAlmon (1895-1956), American author, poet, and publisher.
Robert M. McBride (1879-1970), American publisher and writer.
Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952), American novelist.
Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), American children’s book writer and illustrator.
Robert McCrum (b. 1953), English editor and writer.
Robert McLellan (1907-1985), Scottish dramatist, poet, and writer.
Robert H. McNeal (1930-1988), American author and historian.
Robert Merritt (1936-1999), American-Canadian broadcaster, critic, educator, and playwright.
Robert Mezey (b. 1935), American academic, critic, poet, and translator.
Robert Duncan Milne (1844-1899), American science fiction author.
Robert Minhinnick (b. 1952), Welsh essayist, novelist, poet, and translator.
Robert Montgomery (1807-1855), English poet.
Robert Morgan (b. 1944), American novelist, poet, and short story writer.
Robert C. Morgan (b. 1943), American critic, curator, historian, poet, and painter.
Robert Morris (1700-1754), English architect and writer.
Robert Morris (b. 1950), American novelist, professor, and writer.
Robert Morrison (1782-1834), Anglo-Scottish evangelist, linguist, missionary, and translator.
Robert Moss (b. 1946), Australian author, historian, journalist, and poet.
Robert Russa Moton (1867-1940), American author and educator.
Robert Munsch (b. 1945), American-Canadian children’s book writer.
Robert Musil (1880-1942), Austrian novelist and short story writer.
Robert Nadeau (b. 1944), American historian and professor.
Robert Morton Nance (1873-1959), Cornish linguist and writer.
Robert Nares (1753-1829), English author, clergyman, and philologist.
Robert (Stuart) Nathan (b. 1948), American director, journalist, novelist, producer, and screenwriter.
Robert Cummings Neville (b. 1939), American author, philosopher, and theologian.
Robert Nichols (1893-1944), English playwright and poet.
Robert Nicoll (1814-1837), Scottish poet.
Robert Nugent (1702-1788), Irish poet and politician.
Robert Nye (b. 1939), English children’s book author, novelist, poet, and playwright.
Robert C. O’Brien (1918-1973), pen name of American children’s book writer and journalist Robert Conly.
Robert O’Connor (b. 1959), American novelist.
Robert J. O’Neill (b. 1936), Australian author, historian, and professor.
Robert O’Riordan (b. 1943), Canadian novelist.
Robert Oldham (b. 1950), Canadian author and poet.
Robert Owen (1771-1858), Welsh activist and writer.
Robert Owen (1820-1902), Welsh antiquarian, editor, historian, and theologian.
Robert Owenson (1744-1812), Irish actor and author, also known as “Robert MacOwen”.
Robert Oxnam (b. 1942), American author, professor, and scholar.
Robert Palmer (1859-1932), pen name of Belgian author and playwright Cyriel Buysse, who also published as “Louis Bonheyden” and “Prosper Van Hove”.
Robert Palmer (1945-1997), American musician, musicologist, and writer.
Robert E.A. (R.E.A.) Palmer (1933-2006), American historian.
Robert Roswell (R.R.) Palmer (1909-2002), American author and historian.
Robert Paltock (1697-1767), English attorney and novelist.
Robert Louis Paquette (b. 1951), American historian and writer.
Robert B. Parker (1932-2010), American crime author.
Robert Parry (1540-1612), Welsh author, poet, and translator.
Robert Parry (b. 1949), American author and journalist.
R. (Robert) Williams Parry (1884-1956), Welsh poet.
Robert Patrick (b. 1937), American lyricist, novelist, playwright, poet, and short story writer.
Robert Wilson Patterson (1850-1910), American editor, journalist, and publisher.
Robert Paxton (b. 1932), American historian and political scientist.
Robert Payne (1911-1983), Cornish biographer, historian, lecturer, novelist, poet, and professor, who also used the pen names “Howard Horn”, “John Anthony Devon”, “Richard Cargoe”, “Robert Young”, and “Valentin Tikhonov”.
Robert Péguy (1883-1968), French director and screenwriter.
Robert Peters (1924-2014), American actor, critic, editor, playwright, poet, and scholar.
Robert Peterson (1924-2000), American poet.
Robert Storm Peterson (1882-1949), Danish artist, cartoonist, humorist, and writer, who used the pen name “Storm P.”
Robert W. Peterson (1925-2006), American editor, reporter, and writer.
Robert Phillips (b. 1938), American poet, professor, and writer.
Robert Pinget (1919-1997), French novelist, playwright, and poet.
Robert B. Pippin (b. 1948), American author and philosopher.
Robert Pirosh (1910-1989), American director and screenwriter.
Robert Pollok (1798-1827), Scottish poet.
Robert Roy Pool (b. 1953), American screenwriter.
Robert Poole (b. 1957), English academic and historian.
Robert Post (1910-1943), American journalist and war correspondent.
Robert Lincoln Poston (1891-1924), American activist, editor, and journalist.
Robert Presslie (1920-2002), English science fiction author.
Robert Priest (b. 1951), Canadian children’s book writer, poet, singer, and songwriter.
Robert N. Proctor (b. 1954), American historian and professor.
Robert Prutz (1816-1872), German poet and writer.
Robert Pullus (or Pullan, Pullen, or Pully; c.1080-1147-50), English cardinal, philosopher, and theologian.
Robert Michael Pyle (b. 1947), American author, lepidopterist, and poet.
Robert Quillen (1887-1948), American humorist and journalist.
Robert E. Quirk (1918-2009), American historian and professor.
Robert Rait (1874-1936), Scottish educator and historian.
Robert J. Randisi (b. 1951), American mystery and Western author who also publishes under a wide variety of pen names, including “Cole Weston”, “Joseph Meek”, “Joshua Randall”, “Lew Baines”, “Paul Ledd”, “Robert Lake” “Spenser Fortune”, “Tom Cutter”, and “W.B. Longley”.
Robert Rankin (b. 1949), British humorist and novelist.
Robert Bruce Raup (1888-1976), American author, philosopher, and professor.
Robert Raymond (1922-2003), Australian director, filmmaker, journalist, producer, and writer.
Robert Reece (1838-1891), English librettist and playwright.
Robert A. Rees (b. 1935), American educator, scholar, and poet.
Robert Reich (b. 1946), American author, commentator, economist, and professor.
Robert Reinick (1805-1852), German painter and poet.
Robert V. (Vincent) Remini (1921-2013), American biographer, historian, and professor.
Robert Rendall (1898-1967), Scottish naturalist and poet.
Robert D. Richardson (b. 1934), American biographer and historian.
Robert S. Richardson (1902-1981), American astronomer and science fiction author who published under the pen name “Philip Latham”.
Robert Rimmer (1917-2001), American novelist.
Robert Stephen Rintoul (1787-1858), Scottish editor, journalist, and publisher.
Robert Riskin (1897-1955), American playwright and screenwriter.
Robert Roberts (1680-1741), Welsh cleric and writer.
Robert Roberts (1780-1860), American activist, author, and butler.
Robert Roberts (1871-1930), Welsh clergyman, teacher, translator, and writer, who was also known as “Silyn Roberts”.
Robert Roberts (1905-1974), English author and teacher.
Robert Robinson (1735-1790), English historian, hymn-writer, and theologian.
Robert Rodi (b. 1956), American comic book writer, essayist, novelist, performance artist, and playwright.
Robert Rosenblum (1927-2006), American author, curator, and historian.
Robert Rossen (1908-1966), American director, producer, and screenwriter.
Robert Rozhdestvensky (1932-1994), Russian poet.
Robert Ruark (1915-1965), American adventurer, columnist, and novelist.
Robert Sabatier (1923-2012), French poet and writer.
Robert Sandeman (1718-1771), Scottish theologian and writer.
Robert Sanderson (1587-1663), English theologian, and writer.
Robert Edison Sandiford (b. 1968), Canadian essayist, novelist and short story writer.
Robert Charles Sands (1799-1832), American poet and writer.
Robert Schlagintweit (1833-1855), German explorer and travel writer.
Robert Sellers (b. 1965), English biographer, journalist, and writer.
Robert Sempill the Elder (c.1530-1595), Scottish ballad-writer.
Robert Sempill the Younger (c.1595-c.1663), Scottish poet.
Robert J. Serling (1918-2010), American editor, novelist, and writer.
Robert William (R.W.) Seton-Watson (1879-1951), English activist and historian, also known under the pen name “Scotus Viator”.
Robert Sewell (1845-1925), English administrator and historian.
Robert Shaw (1927-1978), English actor, novelist, and playwright.
Robert (John) Shaw (b. 1933), English jazz musician and poet.
Robert Carl-Heinz Shell (1949-2015), South African author, historian, professor, and scholar.
Robert Sherard (1861-1943), English journalist and writer.
Robert Sherrod (1909-1994), American author, editor, and journalist.
Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955), American editor, playwright, and screenwriter.
Robert Shields (1918-2007), American clergyman, diarist, and teacher.
Robert Sibbald (1641-1722), Scottish antiquarian, historian, and physician.
Robert A. Simon (1897-1981), American author, critic, librettist, and translator.
Robert Skimin (1929-2011), American artist, author, and military officer.
Robert Sklar (1936-2011), American author and historian.
Robert Bache (B.) Smith (1875-1951), American librettist and lyricist.
Robert Cross Smith (1795-1832), English astrologer and editor, who published under the pen name “Raphael”.
Robert Kimmel Smith (b. 1930), American children’s book writer and novelist.
Robert Paul Smith (1915-1977), American humorist and writer.
Robert Sparrow Smythe (1833-1917), Australian editor, journalist, and publisher.
Robert J.C. Stead (1880-1959), Canadian author and poet.
Robert Stephens (1665-1732), English historian.
Robert Neilson Stephens (1867-1906), American novelist and playwright.
Robert Solé (b. 1946), French-Egyptian journalist and novelist.
Robert Sour (1906-1985), American composer and lyricist.
Robert South (1634-1716), English clergyman and writer.
Robert Southey (1774-1843), English poet.
Robert Southwell (c.1561-1595), English missionary, priest, and poet.
Robert Speaight (1904-1976), English actor and writer.
Robert A. Stemmle (1903-1974), German director and screenwriter.
Robert Alan Mowbry Stevenson (1847-1900), Scottish critic and writer.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish essayist, novelist, poet, and travel writer.
Robert Stiller (b. 1928), Polish editor, poet, polyglot, translator, and writer.
Robert Stone (1937-2015), American novelist.
Robert Surtees (1779-1834), English antiquarian and historian.
Robert Smith Surtees (1805-1864), English editor, novelist, and sports writer.
Robert J. Szmidt (b. 1962), Polish fantasy and science fiction author, journalist, and translator.
– Róbert Tábori (1855-1906), Hungarian author and journalist.
Robert Lewis Taylor (1912-1998), American novelist and short story writer.
Robert Tell (b. 1937), American author, poet, publisher, and speaker.
Robert Thomas (1927-1989), French actor, director, and writer.
Robert E. Thompson (1924-2004), American screenwriter.
Robert Farris Thompson (b. 1932), American historian and writer.
Robert Thoroton (1623-c.1678), English antiquarian and historian.
Robert Thurman (b. 1941), American academic and writer.
Robert Tofte (c.1562-1620), English poet and translator.
Robert Tressell (1870-1911), pen name of Irish novelist Robert Croker (later, Robert Noonan).
Robert Trumble (1919-2011), Australian author and musician.
Robert Trundle (b. 1943), American author, philosopher, and professor.
Robert C. Tucker (1918-2010), American historian and political scientist.
Robert M. Utley (b. 1929), American author and historian.
Robert Vaidlo (1921-2004), Estonian children’s book writer and journalist.
Robert Floris van Eyck (or van Eijk; 1916-1991), Anglo-Dutch artist and poet.
Robert Jan van Pelt (b. 1955), Dutch author, historian, professor, and scholar.
Robert E. Vardeman (b. 1947), American fantasy, science fiction, and Western author who has also published under the pen names “Cliff Garnett”, “Daniel Moran”, “Edward S. Hudson”, “F.J. Hale”, “Jackson Lowry”, “Karl Lassiter”, “Paul Kenyon”, and “Victor Appleton”.
Robert G. Vignola (1882-1953), Italian-American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Robert Vivier (1894-1989), Belgian biographer, poet, and writer.
Robert von Pöhlmann (1852-1914), German historian and professor.
Robert G.L. Waite (1919-1999), Canadian historian and professor.
Robert James Waller (b. 1939), American author, musician, and photographer.
Robert Walser (1878-1956), Swiss writer.
Robert (Plumer) Ward (1765-1846), English barrister, novelist, and politician.
Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), American critic, novelist, and poet.
Robert Warshow (1917-1955), American author, critic, and essayist.
Robert Watt (1774-1819), Scottish bibliographer, physician, and writer.
Robert Wedderburn (c.1510-between 1555-60), Scottish poet.
Robert Weinberg (b. 1946), American editor and science fiction author.
Robert Anthony Welch (1947-2013), Irish author, critic, poet, and scholar.
Robert Wells (1922-1998), American composer, producer, screenwriter, and songwriter.
Robert Wells (b. 1947), English poet.
Robert Westall (1929-1993), English author, journalist, and teacher.
Robert Westerby (1909-1968), English author and screenwriter.
Robert Whitehill (b. 1947), American poet.
Robert Wild (or Wylde; 1615-1679), English clergyman and poet.
Robert Wilder (1901-1974), American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter.
Robert Williams (1766-1850), Welsh bard also known as “Robert ap Gwilym Ddu”.
Robert Williams (1830-1877), Welsh poet also known as “Trebor Mai”.
Robert Dewi Williams (1870-1955), Welsh author, minister, and teacher.
Robert Moore Williams (1907-1977), American science fiction author who also wrote under the pen names “E.K. Jarvis”, “H.H. Hermon”, “John S. Browning”, “Robert Moore”, and “Russell Storm”.
Robert Wilson (c.1540s-1600), English actor and dramatist.
Robert Wilson (b. 1957), English crime author.
Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007), American author, editor, poet, and psychologist.
Robert Burns Wilson (1850-1913), American painter and poet.
Robert Charles Wilson (b. 1953), American-Canadian science fiction author.
Robert McLiam Wilson (b. 1966), Irish novelist.
Robert Winchelsey (c.1245-1313), English clergyman, theologian, and writer.
Robert Winter (b. 1924), American historian and professor.
Robert Witt (1872-1952), English historian and writer.
Robert Wood (1717-1771), English antiquarian, civil servant, politician, traveller, and writer.
Robert Woodrow (1679-1734), Scottish historian.
Robert Wright (1906-1902), English biographer and historian.
Robert Wright (1914-2005), American composer and lyricist.
Robert B. Wyatt (b. 1940), American author and publisher.
Robert Wydow (c.1446-1505), English clergyman, musician, and poet.
Robert Sterling Yard (1861-1945), American activist, journalist, and writer.
Robert Yeo (b. 1940), Singaporean novelist, playwright, and poet.
Robert Young (1822-1888), Scottish publisher, scholar, and translator.
Robert F. Young (1915-1986), American science fiction author.
Robert J. Young (b. 1942), Canadian historian and professor.
Robert J.C. Young (b. 1950), English historian, philosopher, and writer.
Robert W. Young (1912-2007), American lexicographer and linguist.
Robert Zaller (b. 1940), American activist, author, editor, playwright, professor, and translator.
Robert Zieger (1938-2013), American author and historian.
Robert Dingwall (R.D.) Zimmerman (b. 1952), American children’s book writer and mystery author.

Everything Old is New Again

April 5, 2015 § 2 Comments

I’ve long been of the opinion that there are many classic names that are long since due for a revival. I’d like to see more Olivers and Theodores and Maudies and Candaces and even Victorias running around. Apparently, I’m not the only one, as these links illustrates (click through for the whys and wherefores):

For girls: Adeline, Alice, Alma, Amelia, Aubrey, Blanche, Clara, Cora, Edith, Effie, Evelyn, Florence, Hattie, Hazel, LeahLillian, LucyMaggie, Naomi, Nora, Olive, Ruth, Sadie, and Stella
For boys: Alfred, Bernard, Charlie, Eli, Everett, Henry, Harold, Henry, Isaac, Jack, Jasper, Leo, Max, OliverOscar, Owen, Raymond, SamuelSilas, and Warren

What other names do you think should make a comeback?

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