Mele Halavunga Giles

Brief Life History of Mele Halavunga

When Mele Halavunga Giles was born on 31 July 1875, in Ha'afeva, Ha'apai, Tonga, her father, James Edward Giles II, was 24 and her mother, Makeleta Tu'itupou Pahulu, was 19. She had at least 1 daughter with 'Aisea Foliaki. She died in 1941, in her hometown, at the age of 66, and was buried in Ha'afeva, Ha'apai, Tonga.

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Family Time Line

Taniela Vaka 'Akau'ola
1874–1901
Mele Halavunga Giles
1875–1941
Sinisa Vaka
1896–
Mele Talanoa Vaka
1899–1978

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Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from a medieval personal name, Middle English Giles or Gile, a borrowing from Old French Gil(l)e(s). This is from Latin Aegidius and this presumably from Greek aigidion ‘kid, young goat’ (alternatively, it could be a Late Latin formation from the Latin personal name Eggius + the suffix -idius). The personal name was widely used in France and the Low Countries, partly through veneration of Saint Gilles de Provence, supposedly a hermit of the 7th century near Arles; he was patron saint of cripples, hence the dedication of Saint Giles Cripplegate in London, though the personal name itself was less common in England than elsewhere in Europe. See also Gilles .

Irish: adopted as an Anglicized equivalent of Gaelic Ó Glaisne, a County Louth name based on glas ‘green, blue, gray’.

French: variant of Gilles , a cognate of 1 above.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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