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Where did the English Giles family come from? What is the English Giles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Giles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Giles family history?

The name Giles reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the medieval given name Giles. This name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Giles has been recorded under many different variations, including Giles, Gyles, Jiles and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giles research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1296, 1317, 1346, 1680, 1755, 1652, 1621, 1644, 1640 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Giles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Giles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Giless were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Giles Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jonathan Giles, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • Jonathin Giles, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Margrett Giles, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Hen Giles, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Edward Giles who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634


Giles Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Job Giles, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Robt Giles, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Ellis Giles, who arrived in Virginia in 1707
  • Win Giles, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • William Giles, who settled in Maryland in 1719


Giles Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Giles, who arrived in America in 1805
  • William Giles, who landed in America in 1820
  • Alexander Giles, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830
  • John Giles, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Thomas W Giles, who landed in Boston, Maas in 1840


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  • William Branch Giles (1762-1830), American statesman, and politician, governor of Virginia (1827-1830)
  • Marcus William Giles (b. 1978), American Major League baseball player
  • Lieutenant-General Barney McKinney Giles (1892-1984), American Commanding General of the U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (1945-1946)
  • Major-General Benjamin Franklin Giles (1892-1974), American Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Africa-Middle East Theater (1945-1946)
  • Ashley Giles (b. 1973), English cricketer
  • William "Ernest" Powell Giles (1835-1897), English-born, Australian explorer who led three major expeditions in central Australia
  • Michael Rex Giles (b. 1942), English drummer, best known as a co-founder of King Crimson (1969)
  • Mr. Edgar Giles (d. 1912), aged 21, English Second Class passenger from Porthleven, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Edward Giles (d. 1912), aged 20, English Second Class passenger from Porthleven, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph Giles (d. 1912), aged 25, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pensez a moi
Motto Translation: Think of me.

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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Giles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Giles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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