Guiles is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Guiles is a name that comes from the medieval given name Giles.
This name is derived from the Greek aigidion,
which means kid,
or young goat.
Early Origins of the Guiles family
The surname Guiles was first found in Lincolnshire
where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Guiles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guiles 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 Guiles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Guiles Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Giles, Gyles, Jiles and others.
Early Notables of the Guiles 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 Guiles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guiles family to Ireland
Some of the Guiles 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guiles family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Guiles or a variant listed above were: Edward Giles who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634; George Giles who purchased land in Virginia in 1652; Susan Giles, who settled in Barbados in 1660.
The Guiles Motto
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.