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Meaning and name origin

Giles \gi-les\ as a boy's name is pronounced jiles. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Giles is "small goat". From Aigidios. The name refers to the goat-skin that ancient shields were made of.


Giles has 11 variant forms: Egide, Egidio, Egidius, Gide, Gil, Gilles, Gillis, Gilliss, Gyles, Jiles and Jyles.

For more information, see also the related boy name Aegeus.

There is 1 feminine form of Giles: Egidia.


Giles is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#729 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Giles for boys. Giles reached its highest rank of #467 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Giles name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Giles outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Giles and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Giles and Gil. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gil, Giles in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Giles and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Giles is also pronounced similarly to Ghilles and Jules. Other suggested similar baby names are Gillies, Miles and Niles. These names tend to be more commonly used than Giles.