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What does Giles mean?

Giles Pronunciation of Giles [giles] as a boys' name is pronounced jiles. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Giles is "young goat". 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.

Associated with: greek, ancient (old), shields (defender), saint, hermit (monk), healing (life).


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

Related boy name: Aegeus.

2 feminine forms: Egidia and Gilette.

Creative forms:
(male) Gailes, Gales, ..

(female) Gilese, Gine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Giles Marquis (G.M.), ..

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. Demographics)

Giles entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #469 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Giles name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Jiles, Gillis and Gil are the prominent related forms of Giles. These forms of Giles were favored as baby names 135 years ago (usage of 0.01%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Giles, Gil, Gillis, Jiles in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Giles is alike in pronunciation to Ghilles and Jules. Other suggested similar names are Aimes, Arles, Gaile, Gaines, Gale, Galen, Gibbes, Gibbs, Gilad, Gilam, Gilbey, Gilby, Gildo, Gilead, Gilean, Gili, Gill, Gillen, Gilley, Gillies, Gilmer, Gilon, Glen, Miles, Myles, Niles, Nyles, Ries, Rives, Stiles, Wilkes and Willes. These names tend to be more commonly used than Giles.

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