Giles Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Giles:
From the Old French Gilles, a derivative of the Latin Aegidius, which is from the Greek aigis ( a goatskin shield of Zeus, a protection). The name was borne by the semilegendary St. Giles, a 7th-century Athenian who had the power to work miracles and heal the crippled. He fled to southern Gaul and became a hermit to escape fame and the adoration of his fans. Nevertheless, he was popular throughout Europe, and his name was favored in the Middle Ages.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Our first son is called Giles with Corey as his middle name after Giles Corey who was accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch hunts. He was tortured to confess by placing large stones on his chest. But he only said "more weight" until he died. A very strong name.
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Gyles Brandreth, Giles Coren
Gilles Bensimon, photographer and creative director of Elle magazine
Giles Snyder, NPR newscaster
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Giles Wemmbley-Hogg, delightful, lovable fop character created by British comedian Marcus Brigstocke
Rupert Giles--Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "watcher" and school librarian, usually referred to by his last name.