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Miles Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Middle English (Old French) personal name Mile + genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s or from its other Old French form Miles a derivative of ancient Germanic Milo based on the element mil from mel ‘good generous’. The Old French oblique case form was Milon (see Milon ). Compare Millen and Millson . English: variant with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s of Myhill from a vernacular form of the Biblical name Michael . Miles Coverdale the translator of the Bible when in Germany called himself Michael Anglus (‘the Englishman’). Irish (Louth and Kilkenny): when not the same as 1 or 2 it is sometimes an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maolmhuire see Myles . Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): patronymic from the Yiddish personal name Mile a diminutive of Yerachmiel a variant of Biblical Yerachmel (1 Chronicles ). It is formed with the Yiddish possessive -s. Americanized form of some original Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname. German: variant of Miels a patronymic from Miele

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Miles family from?

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 USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 439 Miles families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Miles's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Miles families in 1911.
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What did your Miles ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Miles. 31% of Miles men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Miles women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Miles were Clerk and Nurse. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Operator
  • Clerk
  • Nurse
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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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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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