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PronouncedPron.GIL-bərt English
ZHEEL-BER French
KHIL-bərt Dutch
GIL-bert German
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Meaning & History

Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.
VariantsGiselbert, Gisilbert Ancient Germanic
DiminutivesGib, Gil English
Feminine FormsGilberte French Gilberta Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesGilberto Italian Gilberto Portuguese Gilberto Spanish

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 638

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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute