Boy Baby Name

Gibson

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Quick Facts on Gibson

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 823
Pronunciation:
GIB-sәn
Simple meaning:
Son of Gilbert

Characteristics of Gibson

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gibson

Gibson is the transferred use of an English patronymic surname (i.e., passed from father to son). It essentially means “son of Gib” with Gib being an old medieval pet form of Gilbert. Gilbert is a masculine name rooted in the ancient Frankish-Germanic elements “gisil” meaning “pledge, hostage” and “berht” meaning “bright, famous” (originally rendered as Gislebert). During the Middle Ages a “pledge” would have been a young nobleman “pledged” to the royal court in the service of the king (a knight in training, so to speak). The name was brought to England by the Norman French and made famous by a 12th century English saint. St. Gilbert of Sempringham used his inherited wealth to found the Gilbertines, a religious order which included both priests and nuns (he is noted as the only Englishman to have done so). Eventually his order would be disbanded when King Henry VIII cut ties with Rome, replaced Catholicism with the Church of England and suppressed all the monasteries. St. Gilbert is still celebrated on his Feast Day of February 4th. The name Gilbert was widely bestowed on English baby boys in St. Gilbert’s honor during the Middle Ages, and Gib became a short form of this old Germanic name. Just as Johnson, Jackson and Williamson developed as surnames from a father’s personal name, so too did Gibson. The first written record of the family name appeared as Gibsone in the early 14th century. As a given name, Gibson has never been one of the more popular surnames-turned-forenames.

Popularity of the Name Gibson

Gibson is a surname rarely used as a given name. It did appear on the U.S. Top 1000 list a couple times in the late 19th century, but for the most part it’s not generally considered a given name. Gibson has reappeared on the charts recently in the 2010 but it’s still one of the lesser used surnames out of the plethora available today. Today parents are either using Gibson as a family name they want to pass on to their sons, or else they’re using it as another random choice in the current trendy craze over surnames as forenames. Miller, Brecken and Turner are some of the newer surnames we’ve seen appear on the charts more recently. Parents who like surnames but don’t want one as ubiquitous as Mason, Logan or Jackson may be opting for these lesser used examples.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gibson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gibson

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Personality of the Boy Name Gibson

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

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