What does Gilbert mean?
Gilbert /gil-bert/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Gilbert for boys. Gilbert reached its apex position of #105 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #894 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Gilbert and corresponding names. Gilberto, Gil, Burt, Bertie and Bert are the prominent variation forms of Gilbert (#894 a year ago). Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4797%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0177%, ▼96.3%), with forms like Gilberto, Gilbert, Bert, Bertie and Gil falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)