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Origin of the name GILES.
Etymology of the name GILES.
Meaning of the baby name GILES.


GILES.  English form of French Gilles (q.v.), cognate with Irish Giolla (q.v.), meaning "with the ægis," i.e. "a disciple, a servant."  Some render such names "pledge," and even "hostage."

... is Giles a contraction of Ægidius, or is it the corruption of the Latin Julius; or, again, is it the Keltic Giolla, a servant, or the Teutonic Gils, a pledge?  Every one of these sounds more like it than the Greek word, and it does seem probable that the Athenian, if Athenian he were, was seized upon as patron by aliens to his name, and then cut down to suit them.  However, Ægidius continued to be treated as the Latin for Giles;... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).


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