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Giles Name Meaning

English and French: from a medieval personal name of which the original form was Latin Aegidius (from Greek aigidion ‘kid’, ‘young goat’). 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, but by the 12th century it was being confused with the Germanic names Gisel, a short form of Gilbert, and Gilo, which is from Gail (as in Gaillard). Irish: adopted as an Anglicized equivalent of Gaelic Ó Glaisne, a County Louth name, based on glas ‘green’, ‘blue’, ‘gray’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 537 Giles families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Giles's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Giles families in 1911.
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What did your Giles ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Giles. 31% of Giles men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Giles women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Giles were Farmers Son and Housekeeper.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Farmers Son
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher
    17%
  • Student
    13%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
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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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