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Quick Facts on Gilbert

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 885
Simple meaning:
Famous pledge

Characteristics of Gilbert

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gilbert

Gilbert is a masculine name rooted in the ancient Frankish-Germanic elements “gisil” meaning “pledge, hostage” and “berht” meaning “bright, famous”. 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 mainly bestowed in his honor during the Middle Ages, but gained wider appeal in the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Gilbert

Gilbert maintained impressive usage for over 100 years. The name basically hovered close to the Top 100 list from the late 19th century all the way up through the 1950s. From that point on Gilbert slowly declined on the charts as the decades progressed into the 1980s. By the mid-1980s, Gilbert’s drops down the American boy’s naming charts became much more pronounced. Suffice it to say that from the 1990s onward, Gilbert has dropped down into nerdville territory. At this point, old Gilbert is only holding on by a thread. Perhaps too old-fashioned and stuffy by today’s more modern standards, Gilbert is no longer making the cut. Gib, Gibby, Gil or Bert are all possible nicknames but no matter how you dress it, Gilbert is just too passé.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gilbert
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gilbert

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gilbert

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gilbert

    Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables) Gilbert Blythe is a central character in Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s very popular series of novels that began in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. Not only is “Gilbert Blythe” just about the coolest name ever thought of, Gilbert himself is almost amazingly perfect. He is handsome, smart and good-natured. The worst thing he ever does is to call Anne “Carrots”, because of her red hair, when she first arrives in Avonlea. For this, she refuses to speak to him for an unaccountably long time. He is self-sacrificing on Anne’s behalf and, when she spurns his first proposal, he nearly dies of typhus. Silly Anne comes around, of course, marries him, and they live happily ever after (given life’s inevitable ups and downs). In addition to being a sterling husband, he is a loving father and a caring doctor. They just don’t get any better than this! In fact, they don’t get anywhere near this. Pause for a sigh for the good old days that probably never were. Gilbert, we love you!

  • Popular Songs on Gilbert

    Popular Songs on Gilbert

    Gilbert - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Gilbert.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gilbert

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gilbert

    Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Diane deGroat) - Gilbert has trouble coming up with ideas. First he couldn't think of a springtime poem, and now he needs an idea for an Earth Day project! Everyone else in Mrs. Byrd's class is busy working on posters about recycling and saving water and electricity, but Gilbert wants to do something original. A distressing class picnic inspires him, and he comes up with an Earth Day project that even Mrs. Byrd thinks is the best idea yet. With vivid, lively illustrations and a timely story about how kids really can help the world around them, Diane deGroat shows readers of all ages that sometimes the simplest solutions are right in our own backyards! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books (Diane De Groat) - It's the first day of first grade! Gilbert is looking forward to learning how to read and making new friends, but…Will the teacher be nice? Will first grade be too hard? Will he like his classmates? Will they like him? Gilbert is excited and nervous at the same time! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Caillou: The Day I Met Gilbert (Christine L'Heureux) - Caillou and his parents go to the local animal shelter to find a pet. There are so many animals from which to choose! When Caillou sees a little kitten, he knows he has found a new friend and makes his decision. The charming illustrations are complemented by engaging touch-and-feel elements as Caillou considers whether to adopt a number of different animals, including a hamster and a dog. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Gilbert (Colin Thompson) - Gilbert is a scaredy cat. He thinks the best place to be is inside a brown paper bag, under the bed, alone. When something else crawls under the bed, Gilbert soon discovers life isn't as frightening as he'd thought. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gilbert and the Lost Tooth (Diane deGroat) - Who lost a tooth? Gilbert's tooth is wiggly and loose all through spelling and lunch. Then he scores a run in kickball and—BAM!—his tooth is knocked right out of his mouth! Gilbert is so excited that the tooth fairy will be visiting. But Lewis is jealous of Gilbert's lost tooth and comes up with a sneaky plan. Will the tooth fairy fall for Lewis's trick? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gilbert de La Frogponde: A Swamp Story (Jennifer Rae) - Gilbert de la Frogponde is an engagingly clever amphibian with a hearty appetite for bugs and an overblown stomach to prove it. He spends most of his time lazily dozing on the dock, until one day when two gourmet chefs de cuisine arrive at the pond in search of dinner. They spy Gilbert asleep by the dock and imagine all the tasty meals he could provide. Too fat to escape, Gilbert must guarantee his survival by convincing the culinary masters that bugs, not frogs, are all the rage in haute cuisine circles. Gilbert tempts them with thoughts of caterpillar stew, horsefly primavera, and moquito quiche. Only Gilbert de la Frogponde could talk himself out of such a jam! Gilbert's antics are captured with details and humorous illustrations that will enchant audiences of all ages. Childern will fall in love with this adorable, roly-poly green fellow, while adults will delight in Gilbert's self-reliance and quick wit. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet (Kelly DiPucchio) - Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a castle, a chest filled with treasure, and food that falls from the sky. But there's one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert's harrowing search for the perfect fishbowl companion - a search filled with loud barking, quiet buzzing, and one giant whiskered surprise! With snappy, rhythmic text and the most irresistible goldfish in picture book history, this tale of fish woe and triumph will make readers long for a pet as lovable as Gilbert. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Gilbert the Great (Jane Clarke) - From the time Gilbert the Great White Shark was a tiny pup, Raymond the Remora stuck to him like glue...' Then one day, Gilbert wakes up to discover that Raymond has gone. Mrs Munch does everything she can to help her little shark come to terms with his loss and - slowly but surely - Gilbert learns to smile a wobbly smile through his sadness. He knows that Raymond will always be in his heart and, when mum takes Gilbert to the wreck, a chance meeting helps him find happiness once more. Jane Clarke's heart-warming story, exquisitely illustrated by Charles Fuge, is funny and sad in equal measure. It will touch anyone who has experienced the pain of losing a friend or the joy of making a new one. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Gilbert the Hero (Jane Clarke) - Gilbert--the lovable white shark created by the award-winning author/illustrator duo Jane Clarke and Charles Fuge--is back in a third thrilling adventure. And the exciting news is: there's a new baby in Gilbert's family! But Gilbert proves he still has a lot to learn about being a big brother. When a hungry killer whale comes around, will Gilbert be able to save Finn? Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (Diane deGroat) - Gilbert is excited for a perfect day at the beach…until Lola is scared of the water and Gilbert forgets his bathing suit! Even after buying a cool new suit that says "Surfer Dude" on it, will Gilbert end up in deep water? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Last One in Is a Rotten Egg! (Diane deGroat) - Gilbert and Lola are excited that their cousin Wally is coming for a visit—just in time for the Easter egg hunt! But soon they learn how competitive Wally has become. He has to be the fastest, be the first in line, and find the most eggs, no matter who gets hurt. How can Gilbert deal with such relentless rivalry? In this humorous and encouraging story by Diane deGroat, Gilbert—everyone’s favorite opossum—teaches Wally who the rotten egg really is! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert and Sullivan (Jonah Winter) - Caldecott Medalist Richard Egielski teams up with Jonah Winter for a story of friendship, fights, and musical comedy! Welcome to Topsy-Turvydom, a magical kingdom (well, more like an opera stage) full of pirates, policemen, fairies, and fake mustaches! Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan have ruled this kingdom together in peace, but one day, Mr. Sullivan decides he's had enough. Every opera they write is the same silly old story, and he's ready for something different. Something serious! Mr. Gilbert is stunned. He's lost his business partner and his best friend, and he needs a brilliant idea in order to get him back. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Gilbert

    Famous People Named Gilbert

    Famous People Named Gilbert - Saint Gilbert (British saint); Gilbert Gottfried (comic); Gilbert Arenas (basketball player); Gilbert Perreault (hockey player); Gilbert Brown (football player); Gilbert Brulé (hockey player); Gilbert Cates (film director/TV producer); Gilbert O'Sullivan (English singer-songwriter); Gilbert Stuart (painter); Gilbert of England (notable medieval physician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gilbert

    Children of Famous People Named Gilbert

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Gilbert - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Gilbert.

  • Historic Figures

    Gilbert - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Gilbert - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Gilbert.

Personality of the Boy Name Gilbert

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gilbert

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