Giles Family History

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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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Giles Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Giles. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Giles Family Origin

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Giles Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Giles occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Giles's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Giles family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Giles.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Giles Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Giles Life Expectancy

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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