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Gilbert Family History

Gilbert Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin), French, and North German: from Giselbert, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements gisil ‘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 St. Gilbert of Sempringham (1085–1189), the founder of the only native English monastic order.Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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1,202,570 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
136,998 Military Records
78,778 Immigration Records
885,319 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Gilbert Families

  • Number of Gilbert families
     687 - 1,372
     230 - 686
     1 - 229
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gilbert families
     1,348 - 2,694
     450 - 1,347
     1 - 449
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gilbert families
     110 - 217
     37 - 109
     1 - 36
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gilbert Family Origin

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Gilbert Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Gilbert

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Gilbert Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Gilbert Civil War Service Records

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