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What does Gilbert mean?

Gilbert Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH bright, famous, saint, monks


VARIANTS Bert, Bertie, Burt, Gib, Gibb, Gil, Gilberto, Gilburt, Gill, Giselbert, Giselberto, Giselbertus, Guilbert




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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 #1146 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gilbert name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gilbert outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Gilberto (#1261 A YEAR AGO), Bert, Bertie, Burt, Gil and Gill are the prominent variation forms of Gilbert (#1146). Usage of these relations of Gilbert was widespread among parents a century ago (MEDIAN #995) and has become much lower since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gilbert, Bert, Bertie, Burt, Gil in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gilberto, Gill in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gilbert and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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