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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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.

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??

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 :)

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

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).

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

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?

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