Gilbert Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Wilbert, Filbert, Hilbert, Albert, Guilbert, Milbert, Gimbert

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Gilbert Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilbert name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gilbert. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • France


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Gilbert Family Origin

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Gilbert Family Occupations

What did your Gilbert ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gilbert occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Gilbert's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilbert. A less common occupation for the Gilbert family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gilbert ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gilbert Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 931,000 census records available for the last name Gilbert. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilbert census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 89,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilbert. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 143,000 military records available for the last name Gilbert. For the veterans among your Gilbert ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilbert Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilbert lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gilbert life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gilbert in 1940 was 38, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilbert ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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