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CONTRIBUTOR: amanh on 3/11/2017
Meaning & History
Early medieval English origin, a patronymic form of Gibbon
, which is a diminutive of Gibb
, a pet form of the given name Gilbert
. Gilbert derives from Gislebert
, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements gisil
, "hostage", "noble youth", and berht
, "bright", "famous".