Adelbert – Name Meaning

Adelbert is a German name derived from the Old High German words “adal” meaning “noble” and “berht” meaning “bright.” The name Adelbert is often translated to mean “noble and bright.” It is a popular name in Germany, where it has been used since the Middle Ages.

The name Adelbert has been used by several European royal families throughout history, including the House of Habsburg, the House of Hohenzollern, and the House of Wettin. It was also used by several saints, including Saint Adalbert of Prague and Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg.


Adelbert is not a particularly popular name in the United States. According to Social Security Administration data, it was last ranked at #9,845 in 2019. However, it is more popular in other countries such as Germany, where it was ranked at #1,717 in 2019.

Famous People Named Adelbert

There are several famous people who have borne the name Adelbert:

  • Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838), German poet and naturalist
  • Adelbert Ames (1835-1933), American Civil War general and politician
  • Adelbert Delbrück (1834-1903), German botanist and zoologist
  • Adelbert Albrecht (1884-1948), German World War I flying ace

Variations of the Name

The name Adelbert can be shortened to Bert or Albert. Other variations include Adalberto (Italian) and Alberto (Spanish).

By Ava Isabella Hartley

Ava Isabella Hartley is a renowned expert in the field of onomastics, the study of names and their meanings, with a particular focus on baby names. She holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and has over 15 years of experience in the study of etymology, name trends, and cultural naming practices.

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