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Gilbert

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27k Gilberto (Spanish)

How popular is the baby name Gilbert in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 101 0 101
1881 92 0 92
1882 88 0 88
1883 92 0 92
1884 100 0 100
1885 77 0 77
1886 91 0 91
1887 102 0 102
1888 109 0 109
1889 105 0 105
1890 116 0 116
1891 86 0 86
1892 120 0 120
1893 122 0 122
1894 139 0 139
1895 132 0 132
1896 129 0 129
1897 121 0 121
1898 143 0 143
1899 107 0 107
1900 145 0 145
1901 129 0 129
1902 166 0 166
1903 138 0 138
1904 195 7 188
1905 183 0 183
1906 199 0 199
1907 212 0 212
1908 223 0 223
1909 239 0 239
1910 274 0 274
1911 375 6 369
1912 655 6 649
1913 874 6 868
1914 1,065 5 1,060
1915 1,463 11 1,452 #100 boy name
1916 1,452 11 1,441
1917 1,521 11 1,510
1918 1,590 14 1,576
1919 1,598 6 1,592
1920 1,772 9 1,763 #97 boy name
1921 1,712 8 1,704
1922 1,756 8 1,748 #100 boy name
1923 1,719 14 1,705
1924 1,806 10 1,796 #100 boy name
1925 1,668 10 1,658
1926 1,792 12 1,780
1927 1,991 15 1,976 #99 boy name
1928 2,059 12 2,047 #96 boy name
1929 2,063 7 2,056 #91 boy name
1930 2,137 19 2,118 #90 boy name
1931 2,004 12 1,992 #92 boy name
1932 1,987 14 1,973 #97 boy name
1933 1,716 10 1,706
1934 1,787 13 1,774
1935 1,694 11 1,683
1936 1,671 9 1,662
1937 1,683 0 1,683
1938 1,611 14 1,597
1939 1,559 6 1,553
1940 1,534 6 1,528
1941 1,703 0 1,703
1942 1,732 9 1,723
1943 1,826 13 1,813
1944 1,657 10 1,647
1945 1,631 9 1,622
1946 1,751 0 1,751
1947 1,879 5 1,874
1948 1,881 12 1,869
1949 1,821 10 1,811
1950 1,888 7 1,881
1951 1,917 0 1,917
1952 1,858 8 1,850
1953 1,917 10 1,907
1954 1,960 6 1,954
1955 1,861 6 1,855
1956 1,969 10 1,959
1957 1,969 12 1,957
1958 1,817 8 1,809
1959 1,758 13 1,745
1960 1,799 12 1,787
1961 1,716 7 1,709
1962 1,637 11 1,626
1963 1,639 11 1,628
1964 1,524 6 1,518
1965 1,353 7 1,346
1966 1,276 10 1,266
1967 1,280 11 1,269
1968 1,178 9 1,169
1969 1,116 6 1,110
1970 1,176 6 1,170
1971 1,070 7 1,063
1972 968 5 963
1973 928 10 918
1974 897 10 887
1975 885 6 879
1976 835 10 825
1977 792 5 787
1978 803 7 796
1979 789 11 778
1980 842 9 833
1981 829 7 822
1982 801 10 791
1983 757 0 757
1984 783 8 775
1985 698 12 686
1986 781 0 781
1987 738 0 738
1988 710 0 710
1989 677 0 677
1990 730 5 725
1991 692 6 686
1992 611 0 611
1993 639 0 639
1994 505 0 505
1995 501 0 501
1996 468 0 468
1997 448 0 448
1998 420 0 420
1999 419 0 419
2000 419 0 419
2001 408 0 408
2002 351 0 351
2003 361 0 361
2004 407 0 407
2005 378 0 378
2006 347 0 347
2007 347 0 347
2008 316 0 316
2009 278 0 278
2010 258 0 258
2011 242 0 242
2012 201 0 201
2013 233 0 233
2014 240 0 240
2015 208 0 208

Fun Facts about the name Gilbert

  • How many people with the first name Gilbert have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 129,088 babies born with the first name Gilbert in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gilbert to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gilbert? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 101 new born babies.
  • When was Gilbert first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gilbert is Thursday, October 11th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Gilbert born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gilbert was in 1930 with a total of 2,118 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gilbert!
  • Random Gilbert Factoid: According to the 1978 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gilbert ranks 76th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 32 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1978.
  • Weird things about the name Gilbert: Your name in reverse order is Treblig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Blitreg. How do you pronounce that?
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Popularity of Gilbert as a first name

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Popularity of Gilbert as a last name

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  • Wilson
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Gilbert" mean? The list below shows the origins of Gilbert as well as things modernly associated with the name Gilbert such as celebrities named Gilbert.

Origin and Meaning of Gilbert

The name "Gilbert" is of English origin, and it means "Bright pledge". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gilbert
William Schwenk Gilbert, an English dramatist born at London Nov. 18, 1836. He is most famous for his collaborations with Sir Arthur Sullivan on a number of humorous light operas which are known as “Gilbert and Sullivan Operas”. His first play was “Dulcamara” (1866). He also wrote “The Palace of Truth” (1870), “Pygmalion and Galatea” (1871), “Sweethearts” (1874), “Engaged” (1877), “The Mountebanks” (1891), and in collaboration with Sir A. Sullivan (who wrote the music), he wrote “The Sorcerer” (1877), “H. M. S. Pinafore” (1878), “The Pirates of Penzance” (1879), “Patience” (1881), “Iolanthe” (1883), “The Mikado” (1885), “Ruddygore” (1887), “The Yeomen of the Guard” (1888), “The Gondoliers” (1889), and “Utopia, limited” (1893). The light operas proved very popular and continue to be performed over one hundred years later. He also published other works.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States architect who influenced the development of the skyscraper (1859-1934)
  2. English navigator who in 1583 established in Newfoundland the first English colony in North America (1539-1583)
  3. English court physician noted for his studies of terrestrial magnetism (1540-1603)
  4. A librettist who was a collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan in a famous series of comic operettas (1836-1911)
  5. A unit of magnetomotive force equal to 0.7958 ampere-turns

From Old French, from Proto-Germanic *gīslaz (“pledge”) + *berhtaz (“bright, famous”). See Saint Gilbert.

  1. A male given name.

Gilbert was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, French, and German

Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas is a basketball biography. Gilbert was born in 1982 in Tampa, Florida.

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G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton is a journalist, novelist, and essayist. G. was born in 1874 as Gilbert Keith Chesterton in Kensington, London, England.

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Gil Gerard

Gil Gerard is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1970 to present. Gil was born in 1943 as Gilbert C. Gerard in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.

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Gilbert Brown

Gilbert Brown is a NFL player. Gilbert was born in 1971 in Farmington, Michigan.

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Gilbert Perreault

Gilbert Perreault is an ice hockey player. Gilbert was born in 1950 in Victoriaville, QC, CAN.

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Gilbert Cates

Gilbert was born in 1934 as Gilbert Katz in New York City.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Gilbert

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Alternative Meanings

Gis for glamorous, you know what to do!

Iis for independent, a balance between being overly reliant and alone

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Bis for bewitch, your charm is undeniable.

Eis for easy going, no ruffles here.

Ris for reasonable, your understanding way.

Tis for treat, that you always are.

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