What’s in a name?

The name Rupert means “bright fame“, or so the Nameberry website tells me. The name originated as a German variation of Robert.

Nameberry goes on to say: “Rupert is a charming-yet-manly name long more popular in Britain … than in the U.S. Yet we can see Rupert as a more stylish, modern way to honor an ancestral Robert.”

Historical Ruperts include (all links lead to Wikipedia):

  • Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of salt miners
  • Rupert of Bingen, patron saint of pilgrims. His feast day is 15 May, the day before our Rupert’s birthday – so maybe Rupert arrived in the world a little tardily…?
  • Rupert, King of Germany
  • Prince Rupert of the Rhine, “a noted German soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. … Rupert’s varied and numerous scientific and administrative interests combined with his considerable artistic skills made him one of the more colourful individuals of the Restoration period.”
  • Rupert Mayer, “a German Jesuit priest and and a leading figure of the Catholic resistance to Nazism in Munich. In 1987 he was beatified by Pope John Paul II.”
  • Rupert Brooke, First World War poet, and “the handsomest young man in England” according to WB Yeats
  • Rupert Cambridge, Viscount Trematon
  • Prince Rupert Lowenstein, financial manager to the Rolling Stones

And then there is the intriguing Prince Rupert’s Drop.

There are a number of other lovely actors named Rupert as well. Looks and talent must go with the name!

Fictional Ruperts include:

  • Rupert Bear, a comic strip character in the UK
  • Rupert Giles, a character in TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Merlin‘s Anthony Head

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