I like this name when pronounced in French. The G is pronounced like the J in 'je m'appelle' and they don't say the R at the end so its: Je(g)ill-Bear.
Gilbert Millington (1598-1666) is a famous person with this name, Millington was probably born at Felley Priory in about 1598. He was the eldest son of Anthony and Prudence Millington and was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge becoming a member of Lincoln's Inn in 1614 and a barrister there by 1621. He had married in 1618 and inherited his father's estates in 1620. The estate was over 800 acres and enabled Millington to support causes in Nottingham and later in Parliament. He took on various public jobs in Nottingham looking after the sewers and then as Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire firstly in 1638.[2]

He became the Master of Chancery in 1639 and he was elected as an M.P. for Nottingham, in the Long Parliament of 1640. He was made deputy-lieutenant for Nottinghamshire again in 1642. He was agent of communication between the Governor of Nottingham Castle, Colonel John Hutchinson (1615–1664), and the county committee, who were in dispute over the control of local troops. In 1649 he was one of the few barristers and he was energetic at the trial of Charles I and amongst those who signed the king's death-warrant. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 he was condemned to death, but his sentence was later commuted on appeal to life imprisonment.[3] He spent his final days at Mont Orgueil Castle on Jersey where he died on 19 September 1666.[2]
He is an ancestor of mine.
Wilbert is better.
Very unattractive.
Sounds like a name for a little puffy fish.
One of my ancestors was called this. It’s nice.
Hurricane Gilbert of 1988 was a category 5 hurricane and the second-strongest hurricane in the North Atlantic basin since reliable records begun in 1851.
I love the reference to Gilbert Blythe. Gil is one of the cutest nicknames.
Also used in Poland. The Polish pronunciation is GEEL-behrt.
Sounds awful if pronounced in the English way, but the French pronunciation makes this name sound cool. So if you're French go for it, if not it deserves a hard pass.
Trash name lol.
It's like a baby name from a cartoon, lol.
I like Gilbert just as it is, a nice masculine name. If you must have a nickname (I don't see why) then Gil is probably best if you are American. For the person asking about Giles, I suppose if you are British it would work well, but Giles isn't used in the USA and probably would be viewed as a name for a librarian, professor or a nice sedate gentleman. Definitely not a name for a manly man or a rough and tumble kind of guy. Giles would be in the same category as Niles and Miles. Not unattractive names at all, just very British I would think. Nothing wrong with that if you live in the British Isles. But it wouldn't work in the USA. Just my opinion of course.
This is a great masculine sounding name. The meaning behind the name is really cool too. I suppose if you really had to have a nickname it could be Gil, which is not bad at all. Bert is not my favorite.
Gilbert Beilschmidt is the human name of the personification of Prussia from the anime/manga Hetalia. He's part of the reason I love this name.
Gilbert sounds kind of nerdy to me. It also brings to mind the annoying weirdo Gilbert Gottfried, so that's another downside to the name.
In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Gilbert who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 550th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
I think it's a really nice name. It brings a good association to mind.
So I have the name Gilbert (sadly) and was wondering if Giles was a good nickname for me? Because I don't really like the other nicknames for my name such as Gil or Bert or Bertie. What do you think?
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!
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"

Even though I usually have an aversion to "-bert" names, I actually really like Gilbert! I plan on naming my son Gilbert someday.
Gilbert de la Hay was a friend of Scottish king Robert the Bruce and gave the eulogy at his funeral.
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.
Gilbert is one of the worst names.
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:)
I think it is also Modern Russian name.
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.
A famous bearer of the name is the English writer Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton.
Sick and tired of pretentious people extolling the "French" pronunciation and disparaging the English one.

And St Gilbert was an ENGLISH saint, not "British", as the concept of "Britishness" did not exist back in 12th century England.
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.
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!
This name reminds me of a fish.
I prefer Wilbert.
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.
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.
Gilbert makes me think of Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. It's not my favorite name but it's okay.
I will forever associate this name with the screechy-voiced comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
Gilbert Bayes (1872-1953) was a British sculptor, the son of Alfred Walter Bayes (1832-1909), a painter and etcher.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
This is the name of my Mac laptop. It's an awesome name.
This name is pure awesome.
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. :-)
In APH Hetalia, Gilbert Beilschmidt is the personification of the Kingdom of Prussia.
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.)
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.
Pronounced GIL-bert in German. [noted -ed]
Gilbert is one of my favorite names and it sounds very masculine, more so than crap like Caden, Brayden, Cooper, and Tucker.
Gilbert Markham is a character in Anne Brontë's novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.'
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.
The singer Gilbert O'Sullivan ("Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Get Down") and has this name.
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).
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.
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.
Gilbert is a city in Arizona.
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.
Gilbert Grissom is a character´s name from the TV series CSI. He plays William Petersen.
This name is also the brand of a rugby ball, which is why I'd most associate this name with rugby.
Gilbert is the name of the human version of the place Fiddler's Green in Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: A Doll's House".
Dutch pronunciation is KHIL-burt (the French pronunciation is also used in the Netherlands).
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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.
This is the name of the Christian author, Gilbert Morris.
This is also the name of author G.K. Chesterton - Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is a book turned into film starring Johnny Depp as Gilbert.
This is one of the worst names I have ever heard. I think it is horrid.
This can also be a surname.
Gilbert Blythe is a character in Anne of Green Gables.

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