Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): unexplained.
- Dutch: variant of Miels, a variant of
- John Miles or Myles (c.1621–83), born probably in
Herefordshire, England, was a pioneer American Baptist minister who
emigrated to New England in 1662 and had a pastorate in Swansea,
MA. Many of his descendants spell their name Myles.
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