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Gilbert
Origin: Norman-French/Germanic
Meaning: "gisil", meaning a noble youth, and "berht", bright or famous
Variant(s): Gilbertson
Gylberte
Gilberti
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MeaningEdit

"gisil", meaning a noble youth, and "berht", bright or famous

OriginEdit

Norman-French and even earlier pre-7th century Germanic origins. An English surname recorded throughout the British Isles.

Cultural contextEdit

  • Information from Censuses in the United Kingdom: Frequency of Occurrences in United Kingdom Census of 1881: 16, 992 making the surname the 226th most common surname in Great Britain with a frequency of 628 occurrences per million names.[1]
  • Frequency of occurrence in Great Britain in the 1996 electoral register: 22, 284 making the surname the 231st most common surname in Great Britain with a frequency of 598 occurrences per million names.[1]

Geographically the name is spread as follows:[2]

  • Great Britain postal area with highest rate per million in 1881: Truro
  • Great Britain postal area with highest rate per million in 1996: Truro
    • Top postal town: Helston
  • Rate per million in Truro postal area in 1996 as % of Great Britain average: 434
  • Republic of Ireland - Irish county with highest rate per million in 1996: not applicable
  • Australian state with highest rate per million in 2002: Australian Capital Territory
    • Rate per million in the ACT as % of Australian average: 117
  • New Zealand province with highest rate per million in 2002: Marlborough
    • Rate per million in Marlborough as % of New Zealand average: 239
  • United States state with highest rate per million in 1990: Maine
    • Rate per million in Maine as % of US average: 217


NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Surname profile for Gilbert from the Surname Profiler Project Website, a research project based at University College London (UCL) that has investigated the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic, in order to understand patterns of regional economic development, population movement and cultural identity.
  2. ^ International comparisons for the Gilbert name

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