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Gender: M Meaning of Gilbert: "shining pledge" Origin of Gilbert: German Gilbert's Popularity in 2013: #885

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Considered ultra debonair in the silent-movie era, Gilbert then went through a nerdy phase, a la Gilbert Gottfried. Now though, like Albert and Alfred and Walter and Frank, it could be in for a style revival.

Gilbert has been on the US popularity list for centuries, reaching as high as Number 121 in the 1900s -- and experienced a bit of a boost in 2013. The Normans introduced Gilbert to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages; it was the name of a 12th century English saint.

Gilberts have appeared in such books as Henry James's Portrait of a Lady, Anne of Green Gables and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and on screen in "The Incredibles," and as embodied by the young Johnny Depp in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" The most famous portrait painter of George Washington was Gilbert Stuart.

Nickname Gil could come back along with Hal, but even more appealing is Gib or Gibby.

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Famous People Named Gilbert

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English writer
Gilbert Stuart, American painter
Gilbert Gottfried, American actor
Gilbert Burnet, Scottish theologian
Gilbert White, American geographer
Gilbert Roland, American actor
Gilbert Newton Lewis, American physical chemist

Pop Culture References for the Name Gilbert

Gilbert Beilschmidt, the personification of Prussia in the manga/anime Axis Powers: Hetalia
Gilbert Blythe, character in "Anne of Green Gables"
Gilbert Greenleaf, old archer in Sir Walter Scott's "Castle Dangerous" (1832)
Gilbert "Gil" Grissom, "CSI"
Gilbert Pinfold, middle-aged writer and squire who hears voices in The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957) by Evelyn Waugh -- 'based on the author's own experience'
Gilbert Grape, main character in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (played by Johnny Depp)
Gilbert Lawson, from TV series "Community"

Bert, Gil, Gilburt, Gill, Gilly

Gilbert's International Variations

Guilbert (French) Giselbert (German) Gilibeirt, Gibbon (Irish) Gilleabart, Gibby (Scottish) Gilberto (Spanish)