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Origin and popularity of the name GILES


Giles : 1: English (of Norman origin): from a medieval personal name Middle English Giles or Gile a borrowing from Old French Gil(l)e(s). This is from Latin Aegidius and this presumably from Greek aigidion ‘kid young goat’ (alternatively it could be a Late Latin formation from the Latin personal name Eggius + the suffix -idius). The personal name was widely used in France and the Low Countries partly through veneration of Saint Gilles de Provence supposedly a hermit of the 7th century near Arles; he was patron saint of cripples hence the dedication of Saint Giles Cripplegate in London though the personal name itself was less common in England than elsewhere in Europe. See also Gilles.2: Irish: adopted as an Anglicized equivalent of Gaelic Ó Glaisne a County Louth name based on glas ‘green blue gray’.3: French: variant of Gilles a cognate of 1 above.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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