Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Giles m. Latin Aegidius from Ancient Greek Αἰγίδιος, a derivative of Ancient Greek αἰγίδιον 'kid, young goat'.

The name of a 7th C saint and a 10th C Italian saint.

The English vernacular form Gil is witnessed in 1379 in the relational byname Gildoghter (WRYPT1 p. 316).

Belgium
Latin
1266 Egidius (nom) OvdFB 6
Middle Dutch
1376 Gillis (nom) RSG1376-89 p. 1; 1377 Gillis (nom) ibid. p. 77
Dutch
1597x1598 Gielis BoonenGes p. 321
Brabant
Latin
1312 Egidii (gen) JeanIII p. 17, Egidio (abl) ibid. p. 41, Egidium (acc) ibid. p. 36, Egidius (nom) ibid. p. 4, Gielys (gen) ibid. p. 30
England
Latin
1189 Gile (nom) GASurv p. 134, Giles (nom) ibid. p. 102; 1340xc1450 Edidius (nom) CovGuild-1 p. 6, Egidius (nom) ibid. p. 7; 1381 Egidio (abl) Suffolk1381 p. 91; 1485–1486 Egidio (abl) CovGuild-2 p. 64, Jylys (nom) ibid. p. 79; 1551 Egidius (nom) StMartF p. 57
Dutch
1571 Gilles AuFr s'Broeders; 1572 Gillis ibid. Bontenaken; 1574 Gillis ibid. Bontenaken; 1575 Gillis ibid. Bode; 1577 Gillis ibid. Doornhove; 1578 Gillis ibid. Bontenaken; 1579 Gillis ibid. Bode; 1580 Gillis ibid. Booij; 1583 Gillis ibid. Ghele; 1584 Gillis ibid. Bedalls; 1585 Gillis ibid. Gele; 1586 Gielis ibid. Ghijsels, Gillis ibid. Beijdall; 1587 Gielis ibid. Eechout; 1588 Gielis ibid. Beijdaels; 1589 Gielis ibid. Coster; 1590 Gillis ibid. Baert; 1593 Aegidius ibid. Bijlovoys, Gillis ibid. Alaerts; 1595 Gillis ibid. Costere; 1597 Gielis ibid. Ackom, Gillis ibid. Choor
Middle English
1438 Giles EEW p. 112
1429 Gillot WillsInv LV
Early Modern English
1529 Giles PP-HenV p. 6; 1530 Gyles LIWill-III p. 87, Gylys ibid. p. 71; 1539 Gylles DEmar-vol1 p. 77; 1559 Giles BUmar-vol2 p. 60, bruton-vol1 p. 30, Gyles ibid. p. 110; 1562 Giles BUmar-vol9 p. 3, bruton-vol1 p. 111; 1563 Giles StAnthonlin p. 16, Gyles COmar-vol2 p. 69; 1565 Gylyes COmar-vol5 p. 3; 1567 Gyles bruton-vol1 p. 5; 1573 Giles COmar-vol2 p. 70; 1575 Giles bruton-vol1 p. 42; 1580 Giles StAnthonlin p. 28; 1581 Giles ibid. p. 28; 1582 Giles ibid. p. 29; 1583 Giles ibid. p. 30; 1584 Giles DEmar-vol2 p. 10; 1585 Giles ibid. p. 11; 1586 Giles ibid. p. 12; 1587 Giles ibid. p. 13; 1594 Giles ibid. p. 29, Gyles BUmar-vol9 p. 9, COmar-vol2 p. 72; 1595 Giles DEmar-vol2 p. 32, Gyles bruton-vol1 p. 54
France
Latin
565 Egidius (nom) DCEL-2 Add. II; 1147 Egidius (nom) clairvaux-12thc 14; 1163 Egidii (gen) ibid. 99; 1179 Egidius (nom) ibid. 179; 1236 Egidius (nom) NDParisII 2-XXXIX; 1239 Egidii (gen) CartAub; 1260 Egidius (nom) ArrestReg-volI XI, Pentecost, CartNDdOurscamp CXVII; 1263 Egidius (nom) ibid. XXIII; 1292 Egidii (gen) MemBret-I 1103; 1295 Egidius (nom) HistHdVParis p. 130; 1301 Egidius (nom) MemPic-vol17 p. 175, Egydius (nom) ibid. p. 202; 1304 Egidius (nom) CartNDdOurscamp LXXXVI; 1313 Egidio (abl) ibid. LXXXVIII; 1378 Egidii (gen) hanquetvol1 162, Egidio (dat) ibid. 57, Egidium (acc) ibid. 736, Egidius (nom) ibid. 210
1163–64 Gillenet (nom) clairvaux-12thc 107, Gillenez (nom) ibid. 107; 1164 Gillentz (nom) ibid. 120; 1260 Gileti (gen) ArrestReg-volI XXI, Ascension; 1376 Gilletus (nom) St-Bernard-Romans 383
Old French
1291 Gile (obl) HistHdVParis p. 108; 1292 Gile 1292paris p. 2, Gilles (obl) MemBret-I 1101; 1295 Gile (obl) HistHdVParis p. 129; 1296 Gile paris1296 p. 17, (obl) HistHdVParis p. 132; c1298 Gile (obl) ibid. p. 138; 1301 Giles (nom) MemPic-vol17 p. 266, Gilles (nom) ibid. p. 335 [p. 235]; 1303 Giles (nom) ArchCambIII p. 153; 1313 Gile Paris1313 p. 20, Giles ibid. p. 7
1296 Gilet paris1296 p. 27; 1301 Gillot (obl) MemPic-vol17 p. 239; 1313 Gilet Paris1313 p. 36, Gilot ibid. p. 97
Middle French
1388 Gille thierry; 1392 Gilles MemBret-II col. 609; 1404 Gilles HistHdVParis no. 4; 1418 Giles HGParis p. 376, Gilles DdB1418 p. 200; 1421 Gilles favier 4; 1423 Gilles ibid. 384; 1438 Giles ibid.; 1493 Gillis MSR1838 p. 375; 1561 Gilles RegPCC-1 p. 5; 1562 Gilles ibid. p. 15; 1563 Gilles ibid. p. 20; 1564 Gilles ibid. p. 46; 1565 Gilles ibid. p. 107; 1566 Gilles ibid. p. 200; 1567 Gilles ibid. p. 282; 1568 Gilles ibid. p. 365; 1570 Gilles ibid. p. 428; 1571 Gilles ibid. p. 439; 1587 Gilles RTFProvins 243
1392 Gilet MemBret-II col. 607, Gillet ibid. col. 602, Gilot ibid. col. 611; 1418 Gilet DdB1418 p. 198, HGParis p. 374; 1421 Gilet favier p. 157, Gillet ibid. 64, Gillot ibid.; 1423 Gillet ibid. 77; 1438 Gilet ibid. 203, Gillot ibid. p. 295, Gilot ibid. 521; 1493 Gillet MSR1838 p. 378
Germany
Latin
1212 Aegidii (gen) CDL-1.1.1 V; 1219 Aegidii (gen) ibid. VI; 1223 Egidius (nom) quix-vol2 136
Italy
Latin
1169 Egidii (gen) SDE3 II; 1198 Egidii (gen) ChStBo1 V, Egidius (nom) ibid. IV; 1265x1339 Zilli (gen) BBC-Berg 352, Zillii (gen) ibid. 415; 1348 Egidio (dat) INP 25; 1376 Egidio (abl) DouGen1 p. 147; 1387 Egidii (gen) Venditti II-2070; 1521 Egidio (abl) VitAs2 III
1285 Gilioli (gen) Perugia1285 p. 158, Ziliollus (nom) BBC-Berg p. XLIII
Italian
1490 Egidii (gen) VitAs2 II
The Netherlands
Latin
1254 Egidius (nom) GesOIJ-1 p. 294; 1288 Egidii (gen) ibid. p. 296, Egidius (nom) ibid. p. 296; 1324 Egidii (gen) ibid. p. 298, Egidius (nom) ibid. p. 298; 1361 Egidij (gen) ibid. p. 302, Egidius (nom) ibid. p. 302; 1387 Egidij (gen) ibid. p. 304, Egidius (nom) ibid. p. 304
Dutch
1560 Gillis MagMiddelburg-1560; 1561 Gillis ibid.; 1562 Gillis ibid.; 1563 Gillis ibid.; 1564 Gillis ibid.; 1565 Gillis ibid.; 1566 Gillis ibid.; 1567 Gillis ibid.; 1568 Gillis ibid.; 1577 Gillis ibid.; 1579 Gillis ibid.; 1580 Gillis ibid.; 1581 Gillis ibid.; 1582 Gillis ibid.; 1585 Gillis ibid.; 1586 Gillis ibid.; 1587 Gillis ibid.; 1589 Gillis NHG-Middelburg p. 40; 1590 Gillis MagMiddelburg-1560; 1591 Gillis ibid.; 1592 Gillis ibid.; 1593 Gillis ibid.; 1598 Gillis ibid.; 1599 Gillis ibid.
Portugal
Latin
1209 Egidio (dat) PHGCRP-I no. 10; 1211 Gil (nom) ibid. no. 6
Scotland
Latin
1376 Gylis (gen) morton-vol1 16
Spain
Latin
1276 Egidio (dat) CDGH XLVI, Egidius (nom) ibid. XLVI, egidii (gen) ibid. XLVI
Spanish
1575 Gil Catalogo-5.2 3795
Wales
Early Modern English
1598 Giles RegLlantrithyd p. 1
Cite as: G. Grim, J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Giles". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Giles.