2018-01-17 03:50:30 UTC
Did the surname Gyles/Giles originate in Scandinavia? A John Gyles/Giles was of Biddenden, co: Kent, England. His dau. Agnes m. Robert Whitfield, b. abt. 1453 as second wife. It seems as if John Gyles/Giles had arms: per pale az. and gu. a griffin passant or. See: A Complete Body of Heraldry, Volume 2, by Joseph Edmondson, and is listed under "Giles" for Gyles [Kent]. Robert and Agnes (Giles) Whitfield had a son, John, b. abt. 1520 who used those arms. In: An Index to the Arms in the Visitations of Kent, 1574-A, p. 76 (I am not able to access online Visitation of Kent at this time; so, I assume the reference detail is correct) a Giles used these arms: per pale azure and gules, a griffin pass. with wings displayed or. John Whitfield's arms were described: per pale azure and gules, a griffin segreant or - Gyles. I assume this is in one of the Visitations of Kent. Are all of these described arms from John Gyles/Giles? Are there any references that confirm John Gyles/Giles was the one who received firstly these arms and why? Was he a landholder, knight or broadcloth businessman?? Thank You for taking time and favoring me with interest.