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Niles 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 names Neil and Nelson.

Baby names that sound like Niles are Nils, Nilos and Nyles.

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Popularity of Niles

Niles is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3105 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Niles compared with its variant forms and related boy baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Niles only.


Popularity of name Niles
Popularity of Niles

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