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Gilbert Blythe is a character in Anne of Green Gables.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2005
This can also be a surname.
Tbird  8/25/2005
This is one of the worst names I have ever heard. I think it is horrid.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2005
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is a book turned into film starring Johnny Depp as Gilbert.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
This is also the name of author G.K. Chesterton - Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
― Anonymous User  12/19/2005
This is the name of the Christian author, Gilbert Morris.
― Anonymous User  1/30/2006
The name Gilbert makes me think of a cute and very smart guy who is kind and thoughtful. I love the way it sounds and it never goes out of style.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2006
Dutch pronunciation is KHIL-burt (the French pronunciation is also used in the Netherlands).
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X-Mar  2/19/2006
Gilbert is the name of the human version of the place Fiddler's Green in Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: A Doll's House".
Larissa_Evans  3/19/2006
This name is also the brand of a rugby ball, which is why I'd most associate this name with rugby.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2006
Gilbert Grissom is a character´s name from the TV series CSI. He plays William Petersen.
Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
I sort of like this name. I knew a guy named Gilbert aka Gil and it reminds me of a smart, athletic guy. It is also my nephew's middle name.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2006
Gilbert is a city in Arizona.
SSF  9/11/2006
In Scotland the name Gilbert was picked up and used as the anglicised/normanised form of the similar sounding Gaelic name Gillebride (various spellings) which means servant of St. Bridget. Hence the name became quite popular in Scotland.
reniannen17  7/24/2007
Two famous bearers include Gilbert Godfrey, known for his tendency to voice animated avian characters, and the Marquis de Lafayette, who had a rather long name (Gilbert being the third), and sometimes went by Gilbert (pronounced zhil-BEAR).
Atarah Derek  8/17/2007
If I may edit my previous comment, Gilbert was Lafayette's final given name, not his third. His full name was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. He went by Gilbert.
Atarah Derek  9/18/2016
The singer Gilbert O'Sullivan ("Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Get Down") and has this name.
pandasayscynical  12/11/2007
I had never liked this name because of the way it sounded - Gill-burt, it's just so unattractive. But then I saw the French pronunciation which is BEAUTIFUL! And it has such a nice meaning, too. So name your kid this if you live in France, but not the US please.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2008
Gilbert Markham is a character in Anne Brontë's novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.'
Kate  4/12/2008
Gilbert is one of my favorite names and it sounds very masculine, more so than crap like Caden, Brayden, Cooper, and Tucker.
bananarama  8/5/2009
Pronounced GIL-bert in German. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
I really like this name! I think it's one of those older names that deserves a come-back. I am definitely going to keep this name tucked away on the mental list for a future son.
mom2zeke  9/1/2009
Gilbert is the name of the cat on the children's TV show "Calliou." He enjoys reciting odes to various things. (I know this because my brother watched it as a little kid.)
― Anonymous User  6/24/2010
In APH Hetalia, Gilbert Beilschmidt is the personification of the Kingdom of Prussia.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2010
I think Gilbert is quite a nice name, and also an interesting fact about this name is that Saint Gilbert of Sempringham was the founder of the Gilbertine Order of monks, one of the only orders to exist solely within Britain. Sadly, as a consequence of this, the Gilbertine Order was abolished in the 16th Century during the Protestant Reformation. Overall, I think this is a historically interesting and usable name. :-)
walesgal92  12/11/2010
This name is pure awesome.
Wolfess  1/8/2011
This is the name of my Mac laptop. It's an awesome name.
boykun  3/6/2011
Gilbert Blythe-- is the rival, friend, love interest, and eventual husband of Anne Shirley in Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables," series of novels. He has been portrayed by Tom Brown (1934 film), Jonathan Crombie (CBS Television film adaptations), Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese Anime), and the CD recording featuring Andrew MacBean.
Francesca  5/3/2011
Pronounced the American way, I think it's not a horrid name-certainly better than something like Jayden or Logan or Mason, if you ask me. But pronounced the French way (zheel-bair) I can totally see why it was so debonair during the silent film era! (On a side note, I have a friend who was called this in French class and I still prefer to call him Gilbert than his actual name because it sounds so good in French!)
SerenaM  8/25/2011
It's a really dull name. No personality. I do agree with a certain user, it is better than a horrible name like Jayden, Logan, or Mason, but it's just bland. It would be a good name for a cat, though. It'd be a great name for a cat. Sorry if I offended anybody, if your name is Gilbert that doesn't make you a bad or boring person, I just think the name is.
BTM  8/26/2011
John Gilbert "Jack" Layton, PC (July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011) was a Canadian social democratic politician and the Leader of the Official Opposition. He was the leader of the New Democratic Party from 2003 to 2011, and previously sat on Toronto City Council, serving at times during that period as acting mayor and deputy mayor of Toronto. He was the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Toronto—Danforth from 2004 until his death.
sambchop  8/27/2011
Gilbert Bayes (1872-1953) was a British sculptor, the son of Alfred Walter Bayes (1832-1909), a painter and etcher.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2011
I will forever associate this name with the screechy-voiced comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
mrose19  1/20/2013
Gilbert makes me think of Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. It's not my favorite name but it's okay.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
No offense, but I find this name rather unappealing. I love the name Robert (My older brother's name), but I strongly dislike Gilbert. I don't know why.
Ashleigh Gurlcat 123  2/20/2015
The name in English is flat and unattractive, but it is one of the most beautiful male names with the French pronunciation in my opinion.
silly_rabbit  3/30/2015
I prefer Wilbert.
lilpimpteller  4/23/2015
This name reminds me of a fish.
SH2237  4/29/2015
A famous bearer of the name is the English writer Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2015
Sick and tired of pretentious people extolling the "French" pronunciation and disparaging the English one. What, are you from the Ghetto or something?

And St Gilbert was an ENGLISH saint, not "British", as the concept of "Britishness" did not exist back in 12th century England.
JJSkeete  8/26/2015
It's not necessarily that some people prefer the French pronunciation just because it's French (as you expressed so maturely). Some people, myself included, don't care about that. Personally, the "Gil-burt" pronunciation just does nothing for me. I heard the French version of Gilbert as a child and fell in love with the smooth sound.
silly_rabbit  9/10/2015
That may be the case for you, but on this website there's a lot of 'Wouldn't Bradley sound so much nicer pronounced "brah-day-LEE"?' and 'I prefer pronouncing Jennifer as "zhawn-nay-FAIR"'; so don't blame me for snapping now and then!

With Gilbert, it's a frump's name pronounced the English way, and the French way sounds way too genteel and affected for any self-respecting, Anglophone child. It's like those kids that say "Don't call me David: it's dah-VEED" or "My name's not Mitchell: it's mee-SHELL". They're gonna make a lot of friends!
JJSkeete  9/27/2015
Gilbert was one of the many first names of the Marquis de Lafayette, a significant military figure in both the American and French revolutions, who is portrayed by Daveed Diggs in the Broadway musical Hamilton.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2016
I think it is also Modern Russian name.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/6/2016
Gilbert is a great name and connects my thoughts to high IQ, funny and patient people. It reminds me of Gilbert Strang, a world-renowned mathematician at MIT. I am an engineer with a PhD. I never saw a professor that can teach math so clearly and funny at his level. He makes math NOT a headache to me! Check this guy's short course intro here at MIT OpenCourseWare: Read a few comments and notice the ratio of likes and dislikes and you will see how he defines the name Gilbert:)
― Anonymous User  12/28/2016
Gilbert is one of the worst names.
d boy  4/11/2017
The name Gilbert was given to 213 boys born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Gilbert are male.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
Gilbert de la Hay was a friend of Scottish king Robert the Bruce and gave the eulogy at his funeral.
RadarKuma  1/8/2018
Even though I usually have an aversion to "-bert" names, I actually really like Gilbert! I plan on naming my son Gilbert someday.
RadarKuma  2/26/2018
The root of the word can be divided in two:

The first root, Gil, can be either from the old norse "geisli" that means "pole" (part of a weapon), from the langobardic "gisil" that means "shaft of an arrow", or from the ancient germanic "gisal(a)" that means "pledge", "hostage" or "descendant".

The second root, Bert, can be either from the old norse "bjartr", from the old german/old saxon "beraht", or from the gothic "bairht", all of them means "light", "bright" or "shining"

Kaefteheth  5/11/2018
Gil is one of the sweetest nicknames in my opinion. With classmates Finn, Finley and even Fisher, a Gil would fit in swimmingly! Ha ha!
LV51sfan91  5/13/2018

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