Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Gilberto

Gilberto is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Gilbert. Gilbert is rooted in the ancient Frankish-Germanic elements “gisil” meaning “pledge, hostage” and “berht” meaning “bright, famous”. The name was brought to England by the Norman French but it also spread south to Italy and the Iberian Peninsula thanks to the Germanic tribes who conquered and occupied these regions at various points of classical and medieval history (Visigoths, Vandals, etc). Helping to popularize the name was a 12th century English saint, St. Gilbert of Sempringham, who used his inherited wealth to found the Gilbertines, a religious order which included both priests and nuns (he is noted as the only Englishman to have done so). Eventually his order would be disbanded when King Henry VIII cut ties with Rome, replaced Catholicism with the Church of England and suppressed all the monasteries. St. Gilbert is still celebrated on his Feast Day of February 4th. The name Gilbert was mainly bestowed in his honor during the Middle Ages, but gained wider appeal in the 19th century.

All About the Baby Name – Gilberto

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME GILBERTO

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME GILBERTO

Gilberto has never been a super popular name among Italians, Spanish and Portuguese, but it has been honored from time to time as a saint name in these Catholic countries. In the United States the Hispanic-American population is really the driving force behind usage of Gilberto. The name has been around on the charts since the 1920s and grew moderately as the Spanish-speaking population increased over time. Gilberto hit his peak popularity in 1981 at position #383 on the charts – by no means is this popular, and he’s been going downhill ever since. Like Gilbert for English-speakers, Gilberto has also gone out of style. Since the year 2000, Gilberto has declined nearly 400 positions on the charts after decades of mild-moderation. Obviously this is a name no longer on the American radar. We still think this is a lovely lyrical sounding masculine name – poetic like so many other three-syllable Italian, Spanish and Portuguese names of Germanic origins: Roberto, Alberto, Ernesto, Eduardo, Fernando, Ricardo, Armando, Alfredo, Orlando, Rodolfo and Rolando. They just all sound so suave and romantic!

Quick Facts

ON GILBERTO

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Italian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

939

PRONUNCIATION:

heel-BEHR-toh (Spanish); jeel-BEHR-toh (Italian)

SIMPLE MEANING:

Famous pledge

Characteristics

OF GILBERTO

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Gilberto

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME GILBERTO

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Gilberto

Popular Songs

ON GILBERTO

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Famous People

NAMED GILBERTO

Gilberto Alves (Brazilian footballer)
Gilberto da Silva Melo (Brazilian footballer)
Gilberto Galdino dos Santos (Brazilian footballer)
Gilberto Ribeiro Gonçalves (Brazilian footballer)
Gilberto Silva (Brazilian footballer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED GILBERTO

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME GILBERTO

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Gilberto