Jiles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jiles arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jiles 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 Jiles family

The surname Jiles 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 Jiles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jiles 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 Jiles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jiles Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Giles, Gyles, Jiles and others.

Early Notables of the Jiles 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 Jiles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Jiles family to Ireland

Some of the Jiles 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.

Jiles migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Jiles or a variant listed above:

Jiles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Jiles, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jiles (post 1700)

  • Tonia Jiles, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [2]
  • Charles A. Jiles, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1938 [2]
  • Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson Jr. (1930-1959), known as The Big Bopper, an American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter, best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace," killed in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Vallens, famously referred to as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie"


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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