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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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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 1840 there were 107 Giles families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Giles's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Giles families in 1840.
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What did your Giles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Giles. 18% of Giles men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Giles women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Giles were Truck Driver 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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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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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