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Meaning and name origin

Niles \n(i)-les\ as a boy's 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 2 variant forms: Nile and Nyles.

For more information, see also related boy names Neil and Nelson.


Niles is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3105 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Niles for boys. Niles reached its highest rank of #946 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Niles name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Niles outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Niles and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nelson (#642), Neil (#655), Niles and Niall. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Neil, Nelson, Niles in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neil, Nelson, Niall outside U.S.

Similar Names

Niles is also pronounced similarly to Neils, Nels, Niels and Nils. Other suggested similar baby names are Giles, Jiles, Miles and Nilos. These names tend to be more commonly used than Niles.