Gilbert Family History
Gilbert Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin) French and German: from the personal name Giselbert composed of the ancient Germanic elements gīsil ‘pledge hostage noble youth’ (see Giesel ) + berht ‘bright famous’. This personal name enjoyed considerable popularity in England during the Middle Ages partly as a result of the fame of Saint Gilbert of Sempringham (1085–1189) the founder of the only native English monastic order. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022