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Miles Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): via Old French from the Germanic personal name Milo, of unknown etymology. The name was introduced to England by the Normans in the form Miles (oblique case Milon). In English documents of the Middle Ages the name sometimes appears in the Latinized form Milo (genitive Milonis), although the normal Middle English form was Mile, so the final -s must usually represent the possessive ending, i.e. ‘son or servant of Mile’. English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Mihel, an Old French contracted form of Michael. English: occupational name for a servant or retainer, from Latin miles ‘soldier’, sometimes used as a technical term in this sense in medieval documents. Irish (County Mayo): when not the same as 1 or 3, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maolmhuire, Myles being used as the English equivalent of the Gaelic personal name Maol Muire (see Mullery). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): unexplained. Dutch: variant of Miels, a variant of Miele 3.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Giles, Milos, Mills, Niles, Wiles, Mines, Mies, Miley, Smiles, Milks

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You can see how Miles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Miles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Miles families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 153 Miles families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Miles's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Miles families in 1840.
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What did your Miles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Miles. 19% of Miles men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Miles women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Miles were Truck Driver and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 213,000 military records available for the last name Miles. For the veterans among your Miles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Miles lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Miles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Miles in 1941 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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