Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. GIS-behrt(German)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From a Germanic name in which the second element is beraht "bright". The first element is probably a shortened form of gisal "pledge, hostage" (making it a variant of Gilbert), though it could be related to Gaulish *gaisos "spear" (itself probably of Germanic origin [2]).

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesGijsbert, Gijs(Dutch)


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 645.
  2. Matasović, Ranko. Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic. Brill, 2009, page 154.
Entry updated December 7, 2022