Gile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Gile family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Gile is based on the medieval given name Giles. This name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat.

Early Origins of the Gile family

The surname Gile was first found in Lincolnshire where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Gile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gile research. Another 139 words (10 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 Gile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gile Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gile include Giles, Gyles, Jiles and others.

Early Notables of the Gile family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gyles (ca.1680-1755), American interpreter and soldier, best known for his account of his experiences with the Malecite tribes...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gile Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gile family to Ireland

Some of the Gile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gile migration to the United States

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Giles to arrive on North American shores:

Gile Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Gile, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Anthony Gile, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1642 [1]
  • John Gile, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1654 [1]
Gile Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Gile, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • D Gile, who arrived in San Francisco, Cai in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gile (post 1700)

  • Selden Connor Gile (1877-1947), American painter
  • Ransom Henry Gile (1836-1916), American settler in Scandia, Kansas, born in Springfield, Massachusetts who after being wounded several times in Civil War battles, he was discharged in November 1865 and took a homestead of eighty acres in Republic County
  • Kenneth "Ken" Gile (b. 1947), American Chief Operating Officer of Flydubai, a low-cost carrier owned by the Dubai government
  • Frank S. Gile (1847-1898), Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for helping to free his grounded ship
  • Donald Loren Gile (b. 1935), American Major League Baseball utility first baseman/catcher who played from 1959 to 1962 for the Boston Red Sox
  • Dennis "Joseph" Gile (b. 1981), former American NFL football quarterback
  • Clement D. Gile, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • Gile Farnaby (1563-1640), English composer

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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