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Gender: Male Meaning of Gilbert: "shining pledge" Origin of Gilbert: German

The name Gilbert is a boy's name of German origin meaning "shining pledge". Gilbert and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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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 always been on the US popularity list, reaching as high as Number 90 in 1930. 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, Lucy Maud Montgomery's 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 are Gib or Gibby.

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Famous People Named Gilbert

(Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch) Gilbert du Motier (de Lafayette), Marquis de Lafayette, French officer in the American Revolution
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English writer
Gilbert Charles Stuart, American painter
Gilbert Gottfried, American actor/comedian
Gilbert Jay Arenas, American basketball player
Gilbert Burnet, Scottish theologian
Gilbert Ryle, English philosopher
Gilbert Fowler White, American geographer
Gilbert White, English naturalist
Gilbert Roland, American actor
Gilbert Newton Lewis, American physical chemist
Gilbert Sorrentino, American novelist and poet
Gilbert Foliot, medieval Bishop of London
Gilbert James Glenn (b. 2012), son of TV anchor Fredricka Whitfield and John Glenn; twin sister Nola Amanda
Gilbert Malone (b. 2013), son of choirmaster and TV personality Gareth Malone
Gilbert Melendez, UFC featherweight fighter

Pop Culture References for the name Gilbert

Gilbert Blythe, character in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Gilbert Greenleaf, character in "Castle Dangerous" by Sir Walter Scott
Gilbert Pinfold, character in "The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold" by Evelyn Waugh
Gilbert Beilschmidt, Personification of Prussia in "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
Gilbert "Gil" Grissom, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Gilbert Grape, main character in movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"
Gilbert Lawson, character on TV's "Community"
Gilbert Markham, character in 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Bronte
Gilbert "Gil" Nightray, character in the manga/anime "Pandora Hearts"
Gilbert Bingley, character in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling
Elena and Jeremy Gilbert, characters on TV's The Vampire Diaries

Gill, Gilly, Gil, Gilburt, Bert

Gilbert's International Variations

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


10BenJammin Says:


My little brother is named Gilbert (my mom won't admit it was after Gilbert Blythe, but it definitely was), and he carries it well. We call him "Gilbert" or "Gil", and it totally fits him. He's a mischievous and athletic, but sensitive kid.

Toronto87 Says:


*sigh* i love gilbert blythe. what a great namesake.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like Gilbert. My nan had a cat called Gilbert, when I was a kid, but we all called him Ginger.

peachysugarbuns Says:


Gilbert Blythe made me swoon, too. What a name! What a guy!

I know a girl with a HILARIOUS brother named Gilbert (he's in his mid-30's!) and it made me love the name even more. Fit for a jovial, yet sensitive person. All systems "GO" for this name!

RoddyThlayli Says:


This is one of those names that I don't really like but don't really dislike either.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I don't really like this nicknames Gib or Gibby. They're just... eh. I love Gil, however. :)

mandy Says:


I have a little boy. Gilbert Billy Blythe is his name... he is just as mischievious and handsome as the original Gilbert Blythe. I named him after him. He often get Gil Gib Gilly or Gibby. One of the most charming names.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I completely agree! Gilbert (and L. M. M.'s Anne of Green Gables series) are great.

headintheclouds Says:


I was a huge, huge fan of the Anne of Green Gables series as a pre-teen, and as a result I've harbored a huge enduring love for the name Gilbert. This name has two personalities to me. At one angle it seems rather buttoned-up stuffy accountant, and one another side I find it the lovely vintage name- I picture a handsome Gilbert Blythe-like young man with a wool cap and a mischievous smile, ready for adventure and exploring the world.

I still really love Gilbert, and would definitely consider it as a middle name option.