What does Gilbert mean?
Gilbert [gilbert] as a boys' name is pronounced GIL-bert. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Gilbert is "bright promise". From gisil "pledge", and berht "bright, famous". The name as used by the Normans. Saint Gilbert (11th century) of Sempringham was a former solider who founded an order of monks known as the Gilbertines. Author Gilbert Chesterton.
(male) Galbert, Gibert, ..
(female) Gilger, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Gilbert?
Gilbert is a very popular first name for men (#199 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#243 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Gilbert reached its apex position of #98 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #983 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Gilberto (#1048 a year ago), Gill, Gil, Bertie, Burt and Bert are the prominent variation forms of Gilbert (#983 a year ago). Usage of these relations of Gilbert was widespread among parents a century ago (median #995) and has become much lower since.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Ailbert (see Albert), Albert▼, Calbert, Colbert, Culbert, Dalbert, Delbert▼, Dilbert, Eilert, Elbert▼, Filbert, Filberte, Filberto, Fulbert, Gellert, Gilbey, Gilford, Gillett, Gilmer, Halbert, Hulbert, Philbert, Talbert, Wilber▼, Wilbert▼, Wilberto and Wilburt. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gilbert.See names in meaning and etymology.