Bert \b(e)-rt\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Bert), is pronounced bert. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bert is "illustrious". Short form of names like Albert, Bertram, Egbert, Gilbert, Herbert, Hubert, Lambert, Norbert, Robert and Wilbert. Used more as a nickname. Its popularity among show-business types of a certain age (Miss America emcee Bert Parks; actors Burt Lancaster, Burt Reynolds) gives it a jaunty, masculine connotation.