Name Gilles - Meaning and origin

Origin of first name:

Ancient, French, Germanic, Greeks

Meaning of the name:

From the Greek aigidos, "shield". Or Germanic gisil, which means young shoot, but also descendant

In the Greek religion, Zeus and Athena had a shield covered with the skin of the goat Amalthea. Saint Gilles raised a monastery and was its first abbot. Saint-Gilles is also the name given to the Edinburgh Cathedral in Scotland.
The Gilles are celebrated on September 1st.
Its derivatives: Gil, Gille, Gillian, Gillart, Gilou.

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