Last name: Gilbert

Recorded as Gilbert and the patronymic Gilbertson, this is an English surname, but one recorded throughout the British Isles. It is of Norman-French and even earlier pre 7th century Germanic origins. It derives from the personal name variously spelt as Gislebert, Guilbert or Gilebert. However spelt it is a compound with the elements "gisil", meaning a noble youth, and "berht", bright or famous. It is first recorded in England in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 and in the Latinized form of Gislebertus, and appears as a surname in the early 13th century (see below). The given name as Gilbert was very popular in medieval England, partly owing to the fame of St. Gilbert of Sempringham, (1086 - 1189), and the founder of the only native English monastic order. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving church registers of the diocese of Greater London include Anna Gylberte, who was christened on June 20th 1548, at St. Michael's Cornhill, and Anne, the daughter of Harry Gilbert, who was christened on December 21st 1558, at St. Matthew's, Friday Street, also in the city of London. Henry Gilbert, aged 38, was a "famine" emigrant who sailed from London aboard the ship "Northumberland", bound for New York on April 9th 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Willelmus Gilberti. This was dated 1202, in the Curia Regis rolls of the county of Wiltshire, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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tracey mckendrick

very intersting

Kevin Gilbert
My Gilbert line comes from PA in America and before that Hoffenheim, Germany. I believe I can connect them to the Gilberts in France, but not sure yet. I believe they were in Alsace or Lorraine france before Hoffenheim. Please contact me if you have information and we can trade. :) kevincg228@gmail.com

Greig Gilbert
Hi, My Gilbert family i believe came from around the loch Lomond area, it was part of the Buchanan Clan that helped Robert the Bruce in the War of Independence! We get about don't we?

Bubba Ray Gilbert
Im from africa and we are the best gilbert tribe out there.

Miguel Gilbert

Hello there! I'm from north of México, my family has been here since 1860's . Not sure where they arrived from! Some people think we are from England or Ireland we are related with two other families from the british isles, the Crosswaite and the Ames. Any ideas of our origin are welcome!! Greetings to all you Gilberts! P.S. Sorry about my english, my spanish it's much, much better!!

tracey mckendrick

Hello Gilberts! funny reading this ..just by chance I did a search and found this site . I was actually reasearching my name which is mckendrick...but my mother is a Gilbert... and a funny story she would always tell us that we were related to Robert the Bruce...nobody beleived her...but maybe it is true after all lol.