Origin and Meaning of the Name Gijs
Miscellaneous Info for Gijs
Used in:Dutch speaking countries
Additional Info:From the Germanic element 'gis-', which either means 'hostage' or 'spear'.
A common practice among the Germanic tribes was to take hostages after a great victory over another tribe in order to enforce obedience and loyalty from the side of the conquered tribe. These hostages were usually young children of noble blood who where then renamed and raised by the victorious tribe. The element 'gis-' probably played a role in this renaming ceremony.
Gijs serves as a nickname for other Gis- or Gijs- names but is given as an independant name mostly.
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