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Gilbert Blythe is the son of late John and Mrs. Blythe, a student of Avonlea school, and an Avonlea resident.


Gilbert Blythe came from a big family, but his mother passed away soon after he was born and eventually he ended up with just his father in Avonlea. He works on the farm of his ill father, although he deeply wishes to become a doctor.

Physical appearanceEdit

Gilbert Blythe has short curly dark brown hair, hazel eyes and a mischievous smile. He is lean and of average height. Gilbert is consistently described as handsome.


Gilbert Blythe's good natured attitude, charm and looks easily make him the most popular boy in school and the object of fancy for the majority of his female classmates. He's ambitious, as shown by his academic prowess, and caring. Before Anne Shirley's arrival, his position of 'best in class' was unchallenged. As a child, Gilbert possessed a certain maturity his peers lacked, most likely a result of his responsibilities at home, mainly taking care of his ill father.


John BlytheEdit

Gilbert's deceased father. It's understood that the two were very close and that Gilbert cared deeply about his father. John, would tease Gilbert for worrying too much about him. After his father died, Gilbert couldn't stand staying "trapped" in Avonlea and went out to fulfill his father's wish - to see the world at the end of season one.

Anne ShirleyEdit

Throughout the series, Gilbert is shown to care for Anne. He and Diana Barry are the only people at the Avonlea schoolhouse who are untroubled by Anne's orphan status. Gilbert first encounters Anne in the woods by the school where she is being bullied by Billy Andrews. Despite not knowing who she is, Gilbert sticks up for Anne. That same day, he tells his classmates that 'a cute girl is a cute girl'; further proving he is untroubled by Anne's past. Gilbert and Anne's relationship sours when Gilbert calls Anne carrots to get her attention. Anne stubbornly refuses to accept Gilbert's many attempts to apologize and the two go on to have an academic rivalry. By the end of season two, Gilbert and Anne are still fighting to be the top student in class but have a much friendlier relationship.

Ruby GillisEdit

Ruby idolizes Gilbert for his handsome features. Gilbert acknowledges Ruby out of politeness but does not return her feelings. 

Sebastian LacroixEdit

Gilbert meets Sebastian during his travels working on a ship. They bond quickly after Gilbert promises to stop constantly singing so that Sebastian won't lose his job. Sebastian shows him the way around Trinidad (Sebastian's home), even allowing Gilbert to meet his mother (who is held in slavery). Upon returning to Avonlea during the winter, Sebastian stays in Gilbert's house.

Mary LacroixEdit

Winifred RoseEdit


Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic words, gisil which means "pledge, hostage", and beraht which means "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.[1]

The surname Blythe comes from the Old English meaning of "happy, joyous, blithe".

Behind the scenesEdit



  • The CBC website describes him as, Easy-going and confident, Gilbert Blythe is Anne's academic rival and popular leader in school. He appreciates and admires Anne because of all the ways she's different from everyone else.[2]


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  1. Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 638

See alsoEdit

Major characters
Billy Andrews · Jane Andrews · Diana Barry · Eliza Barry · William Barry · Jerry Baynard · Gilbert Blythe · Marilla Cuthbert
Matthew Cuthbert · Ruby Gillis · Ka’kwet · Sebastian Lacroix · Rachel Lynde · Cole Mackenzie · Mr. Phillips · Josie Pye
Anne Shirley · Miss Stacy
Minor characters
Aluk · Mr. Andrews · Mrs. Andrews · Prissy Andrews · Mr. Avery · Bank Manager · Minnie May Barry · Josephine Barry
Mr. Baynard · Mrs. Baynard · Mrs. Blewett · John Blythe · Tillie Boulter · Cecile Chaminade · Constance · Michael Cuthbert
Doctor · Mr. Dunlop · Malcolm Frost · Mr. Gillis · Mrs. Gillis · Mr. Hammond · Mrs. Hammond · Elijah Hanford · Jeannie
Mary Joe · Jocelyn · Kitpu · Delphine Lacroix · Hazel Lacroix · Mary Lacroix · Caleb Lynde · Thomas Lynde · Madam Lyudmila
Mrs. Mackenzie · Matron · Mimikej · Minister · Mrs. Morrison · Nathaniel · Older Girl · Oqwatnuk · Paul #1 · Paul #2
Pawnbroker · Mrs. Pye · Miss Rogerson · Rollings · Winifred Rose · Charlie Sloane · Mrs. Spencer · Moody Spurgeon
Mrs. Spurgeon · Stationmaster · Dr. Ward · Woman in Blue Top Hat
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