August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
From Greek by way of Latin, meaning “shield-bearer” or “young goat”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Gide, Gil, Gilles, Gyles, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– King Giles, Princess Alison Jocelyn’s father, in the fantasy novel The Last Unicorn (1968) by Peter S. Beagle.
– Rev. Giles Jowls is “an illuminated Cobbler, who dubbed himself Reverend as Napoleon crowned himself Emperor”, befriended by Lady Southdown in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Sir Giles Wapshot is a neighbor of Sir Pitt Crawley, in Vanity Fair.