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Gilles Surname Meaning

French Walloon and Haitian: from the French personal name Gilles of which the original form was Latin Aegidius. This was the name of a 7th-century Provençal hermit whose cult popularized the name in a variety of more or less mutilated forms: Gidi and Gidy in southern France Gil(l)i in the area of the Alpes-Maritimes and Gil(l)e elsewhere. This last form was taken over to England by the Normans (see Giles ). German: from the personal name Gilius from Aegilius a Late Latin variant of Aegidius (see Giles ). Scottish and Irish (Fermanagh): variant of Gillies .

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

Similar surnames: Gillen, Illes, Gille, Gillet, Giles, Galles, Giller, Gillem, Tilles

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Where is the Gilles family from?

You can see how Gilles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilles families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1891 there were 88 Gilles families living in London. This was about 38% of all the recorded Gilles's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Gilles families in 1891.
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What did your Gilles 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 Gilles. 43% of Gilles men worked as a General Labourer and 88% of Gilles women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilles were Clerk and Housewife. .

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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
  • Steel Fitter
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Gilles. For the veterans among your Gilles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilles lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gilles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gilles in 1953 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

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