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Gilbert is a mature and old-fashioned baby name for boys. You may think it sounds nerdy, but this title has deep meaning. It translates to “bright pledge” in the Germanic language. As of 2021, Gilbert is a top 2,600 option for boys.

Meaning of the name Gilbert:

German: bright pledge

Origin of the name Gilbert:

Gilbert is a mature baby name for boys. It comes from two Germanic elements, “gisil” and “beraht.” The Normans brought this title to England after invading, and it exploded in the Middle Ages. A saint in the twelfth century helped to popularize this option, as he was the leader of the Gilbertines.

Symbolism of the name Gilbert:

The baby name Gilbert translates to “bright pledge” in the Germanic language. It comes from two Germanic words, “gisil” and “beraht.” “Gisil” translates to “pledge” or “hostage,” and “beraht” means “bright.”

Style of the name Gilbert:


Gender of the name Gilbert:

Gilbert is an old-fashioned name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Gilbert:


Number of syllables in the name Gilbert:


Emotion evoked from the name Gilbert:

Gilbert feels mature and vintage. It is a formal and upper-class baby name.

Alternative spellings for the name Gilbert:

  • Gillbert
  • Gylbert
  • Gyllbert

Nicknames for the name Gilbert:

  • Gil
  • Gill
  • Bert
  • Bertie
  • Gilly
  • Gibby
  • Gib
  • Gibz

Popularity of the name Gilbert:

Gilbert was a top 100 name in America in 1920 and from 1927 to 1932. It ranked highest in 1930 at number 90. Gilbert was last a top 1,000 baby name in 2016 at rank 964. As of 2021, this option is number 2,566 for boys.

Related names for the name Gilbert:

Great middle names for Gilbert and their meanings:

  • Michael (who is like God?)
  • James (supplanter)
  • Hunter (someone who hunts)
  • Cole (swarthy, charcoal)
  • Bryn (hill)
  • Adair (happy spear)
  • Adam (son of the red earth)
  • Hudson (son of Hudd)

Famous people with the name Gilbert:

Gilberts in popular culture:

  • Gilbert Blythe (character from “Anne of Green Gables”)
  • Gilbert Greenleaf (character from “Castle Dangerous”)
  • Gilbert Pinfold (character from “The Order of Gilbert Pinfold”)
  • Gilbert Grissom (character from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”)
  • Gilbert Grape (character from “What's Eating Gilbert Grape?”)
  • Gilbert Lawson (character from “Community”)
  • Gilbert Markham (character from “The Tenant of Windfell Hall”)
  • Gilbert Bingley (character from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”)
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