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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


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

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Where is the Gilbert family from?

You can see how Gilbert families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilbert family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilbert families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,694 Gilbert families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Gilbert's in the UK. London had the highest population of Gilbert families in 1891.
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What did your Gilbert ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Gilbert. 7% of Gilbert men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Gilbert women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilbert were Gardener and Incapacitated.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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