Gilbert (given name)

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Pronunciation /ɡɪlbɜːrt/
French: [ʒil.bɛʁ]
Gender Male
Word/name Norman-French
Meaning gisel + beraht
Other names
Related names Gilberto, Gil

Gilbert is a given name of Norman-French origin,[1] itself from Germanic Gisilberht or Gisalberht.[2][3] Original spellings included Gislebert, Guilbert and Gilebert. The first element, Gil-, comes from Germanic gīsil, meaning "shaft of an arrow" or gisal "pledge, hostage", while the second element, -bert comes from Germanic -behrt, short form of beraht, meaning "bright" or "famous".[4][5] The name was introduced to England by the Normans where it was popular during the Middle Ages. That is the reason why the pronunciation Gil- [gil] reflects the Northern Norman one [gil], as opposed to Old French [dʒil] > French [ʒil] and explains the alternative spelling Guilbert with Guil- [gil].

Variant spellings have evolved throughout Europe, including the Romance language version, Gilberto, and the Latin version, Gilbertus. The diminutive, Gil, is popular as a given name or nickname. Gilbert, with variant spellings, is also used as a surname (see Gilbert (surname)).


  • Arabic: غيلبرت
  • Belarusian: Гілберт ( Hilbiert)
  • Bengali: গিলবার্ট ( Gilabārṭa)
  • Chinese Simplified: 吉尔伯特 (Jí'ěr bó tè)
  • Chinese Traditional: 吉爾伯特 (Jí'ěr bó tè)
  • French: Gilbert
  • German: Gilbert
  • Gujarati: ગિલ્બર્ટ ( Gilbarṭa)
  • Hebrew: גילברט
  • Hindi: गिल्बर्ट ( Gilbarṭa)
  • Italian: Gilberto
  • Japanese: ギルバート ( Girubāto)
  • Kannada: ಗಿಲ್ಬರ್ಟ್ ( Gilbarṭ)
  • Korean: 길버트 (Gilbeoteu)
  • Macedonian: Гилберт
  • Marathi: गिल्बर्ट ( Gilbarṭa)
  • Mongolian: Гилберт ( Gilbyert)
  • Nepali: गिल्बर्ट (Gilbarṭa)
  • Persian: گیلبرت
  • Portuguese: Gilberto
  • Russian: Гилберт
  • Serbian: Гилберт
  • Spanish: Gilberto
  • Tamil: கில்பர்ட் ( Kilparṭ)
  • Telugu: గిల్బర్ట్ ( Gilbarṭ)
  • Thai: กิลเบิร์ ( Kilbeir̒)
  • Turkish: Jilbert, Jilber
  • Ukrainian: Гілберт ( Hilbert)
  • Urdu: گلبرٹ
  • Yiddish: גילבערט ( Gylbʻrt)

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  1. ^ "Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Gilbert". Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980, édition revue et commentée par Marie-Thérèse Morlet. p. 292a.
  3. ^ Etymology of "Gilbert"
  4. ^ DAUZAT 292a.
  5. ^ Etymology of "Gisilberht"