What does Niles mean?
Niles \n(i)-les\ as a boys' name is pronounced nyles. It is of English origin. Variant of Niall (Irish, Gaelic) "champion". Also possibly "cloud" or "passionate". May also be used in reference to Nilus (Greek), a saint's name, or be derived from the river in Africa. Familiar in modern times due to the character of Dr. Niles Crane in the TV sitcom "Frasier".
Niles has 1 more related form via Niall: Nial.
Niles is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#3105 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Niles for boys. Niles entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #946 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Niles and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Niles listed in the Top 1000 are Neil (#655 a year ago), Nelson (#642) and Niall. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1940-1949 and are now much less popular, with the versions Neil and Nelson becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)