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The GILBERT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 112,406 243 0.042 417
United States (1880 census) 28,862 174 0.058 577
Change since 1880 +83544 -69 -0.016 -160
Other Countries
Australia 5,540 251 0.034 339
United Kingdom 22,401 241 0.049 488
Top States for GILBERT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 8,144 387 0.024 240
Texas 7,990 298 0.038 383
Florida 7,399 227 0.046 463
New York 5,423 272 0.029 286
Pennsylvania 5,076 201 0.041 413
Top States for GILBERT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 1,555 96 0.122 1,220
Delaware 678 129 0.087 865
Vermont 490 109 0.080 805
New Hampshire 977 107 0.079 791
Alabama 3,240 188 0.073 729


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called GILBERT live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called GILBERT represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called GILBERT in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a GILBERT by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of GILBERT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the GILBERT surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the GILBERT surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of GILBERT in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 776 0.69
Asian/Pacific 472 0.42
White (Caucasian) 90,273 80.31
Black/African American 16,838 14.98
White (Hispanic) 2,372 2.11
Mixed Race 1,675 1.49

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the GILBERT surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of GILBERT in historical publications

(origin: Ger.) Bright pledge, from Gisle, a pledge; or gold-like, bright, from the Saxon Geele, yellow.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

GILBERT. A personal name, largely introduced at the Norman Conquest, in the form of Gislebertus. See Domesd. jMSsim. It is not only a very common surname, but has given birtJi to Gi1:))i, Gibbs, Gybbes, Gibbard, Gibbings, Gibbousou, Gibson, Gill, Gilks, Gilpin, and many othei'S.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to GILBERT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GILBERT.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for GILBERT

The following words are slight variants of GILBERT that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.