Gilbert (given name)


Gilbert is a
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origin, itself from Germanic ''Gisilberht'' or ''Gisalberht''. Original spellings included ''Gislebert'', ''Guilbert'' and ''Gilebert''. The first element, ''Gil-'', comes from Germanic ''gīsil'', meaning "shaft of an arrow" or ''gisal'' "pledge, hostage", while the second element, ''-bert'' comes from Germanic ''-behrt'', short form of ''beraht'', meaning "bright" or "famous". The name spread in France and was introduced to
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by the
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, where it was popular during the Middle Ages. That is the reason the pronunciation ''Gil-'' reflects the Northern Norman one , as opposed to Old French > French and explains the alternative spelling ''Guilbert'' with ''Guil-'' . Variant spellings have evolved throughout Europe, including the Iberian/Italian version ''
Gilberto Gilberto is the Iberian and Italian version of the originally Norman-French given name '' Gilbert'', used in Italian Italian may refer to: * Anything of, from, or related to the people of Italy Italy ( it, Italia ), officially the Italia ...
'' and, as was the custom across Europe, given a
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language version ''Gilbertus'', to be used alongside a person's native variant. The diminutive, ''Gil'', eventually became popular as a standalone given name or
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. ''Gilbert'', with variant spellings, is also used as a
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Gilbert (surname) Gilbert is a surname of Germanic languages, Germanic origin. The English-language surname is derived from ''Giselbert'', a mediaeval personal name composed of the following Germanic elements: ''gisil'' ("pledge", "hostage", "noble youth") and ''be ...


* Arabic: غيلبرت * Belarusian: Гілберт ( Hilbiert) * Bengali: গিলবার্ট ( Gilabārṭa) * Chinese Simplified: 吉尔伯特 (Jí'ěr bó tè) * Chinese Traditional: 吉爾伯特 (Jí'ěr bó tè) *
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: Gilbert * German language, German: Gilbert * Gujarati: ગિલ્બર્ટ ( Gilbarṭa) * Hebrew: גילברט * Hindi: गिल्बर्ट ( Gilbarṭ) * Italian language, Italian: Gilberto * Japanese: ギルバート ( Girubāto) * Kannada: ಗಿಲ್ಬರ್ಟ್ ( Gilbarṭ) * Korean: 길버트 (Gilbeoteu) * Macedonian: Гилберт * Marathi: गिल्बर्ट ( Gilbarṭa) * Mongolian: Гилберт ( Gilbyert) * Nepali: गिल्बर्ट (Gilbarṭa) * Persian: گیلبرت * Portuguese language, Portuguese: Gilberto * Russian: Гилберт * Serbian: Гилберт * Spanish language, Spanish: Gilberto * Tamil: கில்பர்ட் ( Kilparṭ) * Telugu: గిల్బర్ట్ ( Gilbarṭ) * Thai: กิลเบิร์ต ( Kilbeir̒) * Turkish language, Turkish: Jilbert, Jilber * Ukrainian: Гілберт ( Hilbert) * Urdu: گلبرٹ * Yiddish: גילבערט ( Gylbʻrt)

People with the name

* Saint Gilbert (disambiguation), multiple persons * Gilbert (Archdeacon of Lismore), early 13th-century Irish Catholic priest * Gilbert, Count of Brionne (c. 1000–c. 1040), French noble * Gilbert, Count of Gravina (fl. 1159–1167), Norman French noble in Italy * Gilbert, Count of Montpensier (1443–1496), French noble * Gilbert of Glenluce (died 1253), Scottish, 13th-century Cistercian monk, abbot and bishop * Gilbert of Sempringham (c. 1083–1190), the only Englishman to found a monastic order * Gilbertus Anglicus or Gilbert of England (c. 1180 – c. 1250), English physician * Gilbert Arenas (born 1982), professional basketball player * Gilbert Bécaud (1927–2001), French singer, composer, pianist and actor * Gilbert Brown (born 1971), American football player * Gilbert Brulé (born 1987), Canadian ice hockey player * Gilbert Buatère, Norman adventurer, one of the principal commanders of Battle of Cannae (1018) * Gilbert Cates (1934–2011), American film director and television producer * Gilbert Cavan (died 1420), Scottish cleric * G. K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874–1936), English writer * Gilbert Crispin (c. 1055–1117), Anglo-Norman monk appointed abbot, proctor, and servant of Westminster Abbey * Gilbert (wrestler), Gilbert Cruz (born 1980), Puerto Rican professional wrestler * Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson (1906–1992), Canadian mathematician * Gilbert de Chambrun (1909–2009), French politician * Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke (c. 1100–1148), Anglo-Norman earl * Gilbert de la Porrée or Gilbertus Porretanus (1070–1154), French scholastic logician and theologian * Gilbert Doucet (1956–2020), French rugby union player * Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French general and politician who fought in the American Revolution and was involved in the French Revolution * Gilbert Eisner, American fencer * Gilbert Gottfried (born 1955), American actor and stand-up comedian * Gilbert Greenall (humanitarian advisor) (born 1954), UN Humanitarian advisor *Gilbert Gress (born 1941), French football coach and former football player * Gil Hodges (1924–1972), American baseball player * Gilbert von In der Maur (1887–1959), Austrian SS leader and journalist * Gilbert Khunwane (born 1977), Batswana boxer * Gilbert Levin (born 1948), American conductor * Gilbert Mamery (1927–2003), Puerto Rican disc-jockey, musicologist, radio station owner, radio and television personality, marketing impresario, and composer * Gilbert Marouani (1933–2016), Tunisian-born music producer and agent * Gilbert Melendez (born 1982), American mixed martial artist * Gilbert Reaney (1924–2008), English musicologist * Gilbert Rozon (born 1954), Canadian impresario * Gilbert O'Sullivan (born 1946), stage name of Irish musician Raymond Edward O'Sullivan * Gilbert Pena (born 1949), Texas politician * Gilbert E. Patterson (1939–2007), American Pentecostal clergyman * Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828), American painter * Gilbert Tosetti (1879–1923), English cricketer * Gilbert Tuhabonye (born 1974), American long-distance runner * Gilbert F. White (1911–2006), American geographer

Fictional characters

* Gilbert, a cat in the Canadian children's television series ''Caillou'' * Gilbert Bates, a recurring character in the television series ''Leave It to Beaver'' * Gilbert Beilschmidt, the human name of the personification of Prussia in the anime series ''Hetalia: Axis Powers'' * Gilbert Bougainvillea, a major in the Leidenschaftlich army from the anime and manga ''Violet Evergarden'' * Gilbert Blythe, a character in the novel series ''Anne of Green Gables'' by Lucy Maud Montgomery * Gilbert Cocteau, one of the main characters of the manga series ''Kaze to Ki no Uta'' * Gilbert Dauterive, the cousin of the Bill Dauterive in the animated television series ''King of the Hill'' * Gil Grissom, a forensic entomologist in the television series ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'' * Gilbert Grape, the eponymous character of the 1993 film ''What's Eating Gilbert Grape'' * Gilbert G.P. Guilford, the commander of the Glaston Knights in the anime series ''Code Geass'' * Gilbert Markham, the principal narrator of the novel ''The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'' by Anne Brontë * Gilbert Nightray, a character in the manga and anime series ''Pandora Hearts'' * Gilbert, an anthropomorphic globe from ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared''


In England and Wales, Gilbert ranked 64th in popularity in 1904, 72nd in 1914 and 95th in 1924. By 1934 it had dropped out of the Top 100.Popular Baby Names, 1904-1994 (UK Office of National Statistics)

See also

Gilberto Gilberto is the Iberian and Italian version of the originally Norman-French given name '' Gilbert'', used in Italian Italian may refer to: * Anything of, from, or related to the people of Italy Italy ( it, Italia ), officially the Italia ...
* Gille Brigte (disambiguation) * Gislebertus, 12th-century sculptor


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