Last name: Giles

This interesting surname is of Pre Christian, Ancient Greek origin. It is a short form of "Aegidius", meaning "a wearer of the goatskin", a refernce to a holy man, or somebody who did good works. St. Giles (originally Aegidius) left Greece to become a hermit in France, and was only discovered when the hind from whose milk he lived, was pursued to his hermitage by a royal hunting party. It is said that his Greek name was turned into Gidie, then to Gide, and finally became Gilles, the usual French form. St. Giles is regarded as the patron of beggars and cripples; hence the London church of St. Giles Cripplegate. The name was introduced into England and Scotland by the Normans, with the names Gilo and Ghilo appearing in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the modern idiom the surname has many spellings, and is found in almost every European country. These spellings range from Giles, Gyles and Jiles to Agidi, Gillette, Ilchman, and Gillyns! One of the first settlers in the New World of the American Colonies was Jonathon Giles, who appears in the very first muster for Virginia. He is shown as "living on February 16th 1623". If he had not been, he would have been shown in the "dead" listings. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Ailward Gile, which was dated 1176, in the pipe rolls of the county of Buckinghamshire, England, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jim Giles
My dad came from Glamorgan wales (outside Cardiff) back in mid 20's. His nickname was Taffy. I only met one brother (George) but no contact with other family. Anybody know of him?

Leslie Giles
Looking for Information on My family: I can go back as far as 1750's with Henry Giles 1st (Ireland), then his son was Henry Giles the 2nd (Born In Ireland, came to Ramsey Township,Ontario Canada) William Giles (Born in Ireland came with father Henry 2nd to Ramsey Township, Son Enoch Giles (Ramsey Township), Son Charles Hartley Giles Born in Almonte On. Son Herman Giles (Born in Almonte, 1922), son Barry Giles (Born in Almonet 1952), then me Leslie Giles Born In Toronto 1983. I do have a list of off their siblings. Please leave a comment if you think you may know more. Thank you

stephen giles
Looking for information on Giles' that moved from Scotland (apparently) to Tilt Cove, Newfoundland to work in the mines. Record keeping was poor so we have no information. One brother moved to the States (not sure where).

Chloe Giles
my last name comes from my great great great great grandfather who was one of australias first exporers :)

Barry Giles
Australia here also

Arco Giles
i like how everyone on this page has a last name giles

symone Giles
Hi African American and my name of course is symone giles. I'm trying to figure out my family free and information. So anyone can find me on fb symone giles my picture is a red shirt :)

Sally Giles
There are so many Giles'! I am researching my family tree: we are from Newport, in South Wales. My Grandfather was Alfred Giles, born in Newport circa 1919 to Ellen Launders and George Giles. Alfred married into the Challingsworth family who were originally from Kingswinford. Any connections out there??

Lucy Ramires
Im doing research on my fiancées family for a scrap book, he is from Mexico and his mothers last name is Giles, any idea how it ended up in Mexico? I know he has Spanish ancestry as well as French.

Jolene Giles
Lucy, my surname is Giles and my father is from Argentina. So I have been wondering the same thing! My fathers' father was born in Argentina also, and his mother in Spain. (Unsure of her maiden name).

Ana Rojas

My mother's last name is Giles, her grandfather came from France to Acapulco, México.

David Mazo
My mother was Wanda Lee Giles. Her sister was Anita Giles. They were born and raised in Illinois. Later in her life Anita Giles moved to North Carolina (I was told). Does anyone happen to have known either one of them? Tracing their family tree has been very difficult.

Jonathan Giles
Hi all. I'm from the Gileses of County Kerry Ireland. Anyone got info about how the heck we got to County Kerry? I think we've been there since at least late 1700s and possibly as far back as mid 1600s

Mary Giles
Does anyone know of a Harold Ernest Giles (nickname Mick)who was a coal porter back in the early 1900's in St Annes Parish (Limehouse)London. Although he married my grandmother 1910 I cannot trace him at all- no birth records etc!

Mary Giles
Got a lucky break - now tracking across to Hastings....

Ashleigh Giles
Quite interesting. However, its hard to track down my whole family because my father immigrated from England to Indonesia.

Ashleigh Giles
Hi Ashleigh! I am Ashleigh Giles from Australia. Funny to think there is someone out there with the exact same name :)

Kerry Bruce [nee Giles]
Ronald Giles was my father born in South Africa, 1923 lived most of his life in Australia, i think. Kerry.

Cynthia Giles
Hi Kerry, I would love to know if your father was related to Trevor Giles of Petermaritzburg, SA. My father, Rodney Giles and Trevor grew up in South Africa but i don't know very much about their family before them. My e-mail is Thanks so much! Cynthia

Kerry Bruce nee Giles

Hi Cynthia I am not sure, but what i do know is Ronald Giles' parents were Robert Giles and mother was Elisabeth Giles Nee Morris both from Capetown SA. Let me know if that info relates to mine ....My e-mail is Cheers Kerry

julio giles
hi, i'm from PERU and i would to know a little more about my surname.....thanks in advance...

hanifah giles
im a giles from philadelphia, im pretty sure my likage is a byproduct of miscegenation. my grandfather robert migrated from concord nc

Mellissia Giles
I am a Giles from Virginia. I am actually doing this research for an assignment in my Cultural Perspectives class. I must say that I am actually enjoying this assignment.

patrick giles
i have done some reseach in to the origen of the name and i have have come up with it starting in anchent greece then in france then my giles's go to ireland then my great granddad [bull] jack giles comeing to yorkshire anyone with anymore info or if you think you mite be related email me

David Giles
Irish Giles here, would be interested to here more of your research and if we have a link.

Patrick Joseph Giles
My Uncle has put together an Amazing Family Tree - we are all over the place. Drop me a line I got plenty of time.

patrick giles
hi patrick joseph please let me no more my email is

shirley giles
Hello, Just starting my family tree, I live in Yorkshire, where abouts in Yorks are you from please? looking for Welsh/Lincs conections too

Cyrena Giles
Finally, some Giles <3

Cyrena Giles
Well, what I have traced is most of the Giles up my family are traced back in Ireland! But I would like to know more

Chris Taylor
Well Im African American and my Great Grandmothers maiden name was Giles. All of the elders in my family were from South Carolina. The area were lanes, and kingstree. Of course my ancestors were slaves but you know maybe we share a tini bit of dna twiced removed or something lol

patrick giles
hi shirley my giles family where in keighley leeds bradford areas

Keith Giles
Members of my family have researched the Giles surname, and found that Gilles d'Argenten (Argenten is a town near Le Mans in France), was one of William the Conqueror's knights at the Norman conquest in 1066. He was rewarded by King William for his services by being granted the Manor of Wymondley in Hertfordshire. A tradition was that the Lord of this manor would present the first cup of wine to the monarch at the coronation banquet. His family crest therefore showed a cup or chalice with 3 'Gilly flowers' and the motto 'Perficiam'. Queen Victoria discontinued the coronation banquet. Some years ago I inherited a family signet ring bearing this (very worn) crest and motto, but proving a link back to Gilles d'Argenten has proven to be nigh impossible.

Jacob Giles
That's my famly crest as well! are you related to the Giles'es of Devon?

Will (Wiliam) Giles
I am Keith Giles cousin and am pretty sure we had relatives in Devon somewhere along the line, hence it would be good to know more about your similar crest -

Devin Giles

Im Devin Giles haha

jo mathews
excellent site thank you jo giles-mathews

tania wadey
my dorhter is called charlitter wadey but her father was brett giles who no died sume time was trying to find sume he famly