Of Greek origin.
From the Latin name Aegidius.
Derives from the Greek word “αιγίδιον”, meaning young goat.
Saint Giles is the patron of the poor and disabled.
Several stories have emerged about his life, but few of these are documented.
Some sources mention he was born in Greece, others mention that his place of birth was France.
He was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages.
Other forms of the name are: Gilles, Gil, Jyles, Gilean.
Famous bearers are Giles Deacon, Giles Barnes, Giles Martin.