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Giles Surname Meaning

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 . Irish: adopted as an Anglicized equivalent of Gaelic Ó Glaisne a County Louth name based on glas ‘green blue gray’. French: variant of Gilles a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Miles, Iles, Giel, Gines, Gilles, Niles, Hils, Gilkes, Lile, Vilas

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Where is the Giles family from?

You can see how Giles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Giles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Giles families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,195 Giles families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Giles's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Giles families in 1891.
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What did your Giles ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Giles. 8% of Giles men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Giles women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Giles were Builders Labourer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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What is the average Giles lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Giles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Giles in 1943 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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