Gilbert

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gilbert

"Gilbert" is a name 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.
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  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
Wiktionary

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

Notable Persons Named Gilbert

Gilbert Baker is an artist. Gilbert was born on June 2nd, 1951 in Chanute, Kansas.

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Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette is an estates-general of 1789, national assembly (french revolution), chamber of representatives (france), and chamber of deputies (france). His military service ended in 1792.

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Gilbert Arenas is a basketball player for the Free Agent, Shanghai Sharks, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, and Memphis Grizzlies. He was most active from 2001 to 2013. Gilbert was born on January 6th, 1982 in Tampa, Florida.

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Gilbert Gottfried is a satire, off-color humor, ribaldry, improvisational theatre, black comedy, and insult comedy comedian. Gilbert was born on February 28th, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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G. K. Chesterton was an essays, fantasy, christian apologetics, catholic apologetics, mystery, poetry, fantasy literature, and mystery fiction writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1900 to 1936. G. was given the name Gilbert Keith Chesterton on May 29th, 1874 in Kensington, London, England. He left this life on June 14th, 1936.

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Gil Scott Heron was a soul music, jazz poetry, jazz, blues, jazz-funk, and rapping musician. He plays Vocals and Rhodes piano. He holds the title Small Talk at 125th, Lenox", The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", and The Bottle". His career lasted from 1969 to 2011. Gil was given the name Gilbert Scott-Heron on April 1st, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He passed away on May 27th, 2011.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gilbert

Sara Gilbert is an actress. She has been prominent since 1984. Sara was given the name Sara Rebecca Abeles on January 29th, 1975 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Melissa Gilbert is an actress, director, producer, and actor. Melissa was born on May 8th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Elizabeth Gilbert is a novelist, memoirist, and memoir. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Elizabeth was born on July 18th, 1969 in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.

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Paul Gilbert is an instrumental rock, heavy metal music, hard rock, power pop, neoclassical metal, speed metal, and progressive metal musician. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, Percussion instrument, Harmonica, Ibanez PGM, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Paul was born on November 6th, 1966 in Carbondale, Illinois.

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Daniel Gilbert is a businessman, nba owner, and attorney. Daniel was born on January 17th, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Brantley Gilbert is a country rock and rock music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Brantley was given the name Brantley Keith Gilbert on January 20th, 1985 in Jefferson, Georgia.

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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 1,805 10 1,795 #100 boy name
1925 1,669 10 1,659
1926 1,791 12 1,779
1927 1,991 15 1,976 #99 boy name
1928 2,060 12 2,048 #96 boy name
1929 2,064 7 2,057 #91 boy name
1930 2,136 19 2,117 #90 boy name
1931 2,005 12 1,993 #92 boy name
1932 1,987 14 1,973 #97 boy name
1933 1,715 10 1,705
1934 1,788 13 1,775
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 1,704 0 1,704
1942 1,732 9 1,723
1943 1,826 13 1,813
1944 1,658 10 1,648
1945 1,632 9 1,623
1946 1,751 0 1,751
1947 1,879 5 1,874
1948 1,880 12 1,868
1949 1,821 10 1,811
1950 1,887 7 1,880
1951 1,917 0 1,917
1952 1,860 8 1,852
1953 1,914 10 1,904
1954 1,965 6 1,959
1955 1,862 6 1,856
1956 1,967 10 1,957
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 1,638 11 1,627
1963 1,639 11 1,628
1964 1,524 6 1,518
1965 1,353 7 1,346
1966 1,277 10 1,267
1967 1,279 11 1,268
1968 1,177 9 1,168
1969 1,115 6 1,109
1970 1,176 6 1,170
1971 1,072 7 1,065
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 804 8 796
1979 788 10 778
1980 842 9 833
1981 829 7 822
1982 801 10 791
1983 757 0 757
1984 784 8 776
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 502 0 502
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 241 0 241
2015 209 0 209
2016 213 0 213

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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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Common last names for Gilbert

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Martinez
  • Garcia
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Nelson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Rodriguez

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gilbert U.S.
  White 77.80% 64.26%
  African American 15.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gilbert

People with the last name Gilbert are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gilbert

  • How Popular is the name Gilbert? Gilbert is the 544th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gilbert was the 268th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gilbert have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 129,311 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 2,117 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gilbert!
  • Random Gilbert Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gilbert ranks 38th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 22 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1926.
  • 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 Itbrgle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gilbert? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 114,940 people with the last name Gilbert.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gilbert? Gilbert was ranked as the 268th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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