Giles's Name Day

This year Giles's Name day was on 1st September 2017

Giles is derived from the Greek, 'a kid'; Giles has a name day of 1st September and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This name is a truly ancient name from which numerous variations have been derived as shown below (NB The M or F in brackets are Male or Female orientated names)

Saint Giles, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Beggars
  • Invalids
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Hermits
  • He is also invoked by women who wish to conceive.

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Giles has the following symbols associated

  • Red deer killed with arrows

Historically Famous Giless

St Giles, a much-loved saint in Britain, is one of the medieval saints who are particularly associated with animals. The story goes that he was a French hermit living in Saint-Gilles, near Aries, before the ninth century. He used to be fed by a deer, who gave him her milk. One day, however, King Wamba of the Visigoths came crashing through the forest on a hunt; the deer sought refuge with Giles and sheltered in the saint's arms; the king tried to shoot the deer but found he had shot and wounded St Giles instead. Perhaps out of remorse, Wamba gave Giles land on which he subsequently built a monastery.

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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