Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. /ˈd͡ʒaɪlz/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From the Late Latin name Aegidius, which is derived from Greek αἰγίδιον (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. Another famous bearer was the 13th-century philosopher and theologian Giles of Rome (Egidio in Italian).

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesGillis(Dutch) Gilles(French) Egidio, Gigi(Italian) Aegidius(Late Roman) Egidijus(Lithuanian) Gidie(Medieval French) Egídio, Gil(Portuguese) Tilen(Slovene) Gil(Spanish) Gillis(Swedish)
Surname DescendantGiles(English)
User SubmissionGiles


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Entry updated December 7, 2022