Gilbert Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Gilbert:
An evolution of the Old French Guillebert, which is derived from the Old High German Gisilberht. The name is composed from the elements gisil (pledge) and beraht (bright, famous).
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French pronounciation is jhil-BEHR.
German pronounication is GIHL-bert.
- Personal experiences with the name Gilbert: | Edit
Lovely name. It always makes me think of Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables, who was a very kind man.
His bird is so cute!!
Very egotistical, but I love him.
- Nicknames for Gilbert: | Edit
Gil, Gilly, Gilbie, Bert, Bertie
- Meanings and history of the name Gilbert: | Edit
Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisel "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.
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Gil (Gilbert) Gerard, actor
Gilbert Hernandez, writer/artist of the Palomar series of graphic novels
Gilbert Roland, actor
Gilbert Gottfried, actor/comedian
- Gilbert in song, story & screen: | Edit
Gilbert Blythe, love interest in L. M. Montgomery's book "Anne of Green Gables" and its sequels.
Gilbert, a character in the manga series 'Pandora Hearts'.
Gilbert Beilschmidt, personification of Prussia in Hetalia: Axis Powers.
Gilbert Grape, book and movie, called What's Eating Gilbert Grape starring Johnny Depp