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PronouncedPron.GEES-bert German

Meaning & History

From a Germanic name in which the second element is beraht "bright". The first element is probably a shortened form of gisil "pledge, hostage" (making it a variant of GILBERT), though it could be related to Gallo-Celtic gaiso "spear".
Other Languages & CulturesGijsbert, Gijs Dutch

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 645
Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute