Gilbert

The Meaning & Origin of the Name Gilbert

Gilbert is an English boy name, which has 7 letters.

Gilbert is a masculine given name of Germanic origin. It is derived from the Germanic elements gisil, meaning “pledge” or “noble youth”, and berht, meaning “bright” or “famous”.

Pronuncation gil-burt

Alternate Meaning Trusted

Origin or Current Usage English

Gender M

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Detailed Information About The Name Gilbert

The name Gilbert is of Germanic origin and is derived from the elements "gisil" meaning "pledge" or "hostage" and "berht" meaning "bright" or "famous". It can be interpreted as "bright pledge" or "famous hostage". The name has a long history and has been used in various forms across different cultures. In medieval times, Gilbert was a common name among the Normans and the English. It gained popularity in England after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. In France, Gilbert was also a common given name during the Middle Ages.

Over the years, several notable individuals bearing the name Gilbert have made their mark in different fields. One such notable figure is Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and military officer who played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War. Lafayette's assistance and involvement in the war greatly influenced its outcome and he is considered a hero in both France and the United States.

In literature, Gilbert is also known as the name of the beloved character Gilbert Blythe in Lucy Maud Montgomery's iconic novel series, "Anne of Green Gables". Gilbert Blythe is portrayed as a handsome and intelligent young man who becomes Anne Shirley's love interest. The character's charm and wit have made him a favorite among readers for generations.

The name Gilbert continues to be used today and has a timeless appeal. It carries a sense of strength, intelligence, and charm. Its rich history and associations with notable individuals and literature make it a compelling choice for parents seeking a meaningful and classic name for their child.

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