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UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.JIELZ
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Meaning & History

From the Late Latin name Aegidius, which is derived from Greek αιγιδιον (aigidion) meaning "young goat". Saint Giles was an 8th-century miracle worker who came to southern France from Greece. He is regarded as the patron saint of the crippled. In Old French the name Aegidius became Gidie and then Gilles, at which point it was imported to England.
VariantGyles
Other Languages & CulturesGillis Dutch Gilles French Egidio Italian Aegidius Late Roman Egidijus Lithuanian Gidie Medieval French Egídio, Gil Portuguese Gil Spanish Gillis Swedish

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animals, baby animals, currently out of the US top 1000, goats, saints, Thomas Hardy characters
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute