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