What does Giles mean?
From Aigidios (derived from aigidion) via Latin Aegidius and French Gides. The name refers to the goat-skin that ancient shields were made of. Saint Giles (eighth century) was a Greek hermit from Athens who fled to Provence because of his publicity in healing the lame and crippled.
Related boy name: Aegeus.more]
How popular is Giles?
Giles is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#805 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Giles for boys. Giles entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #467 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Gil is the only other prominent related form of Giles. These forms of Giles were favored as baby names during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2665%) and are now less widespread. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Giles and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)