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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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Miles Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Miles name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Miles. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    49%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    17%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    5%

  • Benin/Togo

    4%

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Miles Family Origin

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Miles Family Occupations

What did your Miles ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Miles family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Miles. The most common Miles occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Miles's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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Miles Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Miles. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Miles Life Expectancy

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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