What does Niles mean?
Niles /ni-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.Kreatif forms: Newles, Nules. [more]
How popular is Niles?
Niles is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#4102 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Niles for boys. Niles entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #946 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Displayed below is a comparison of the statistics 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 relations of Niles were favored by parents 7 decades ago (median #577) and are somewhat less common today (#824, down 58%), with versions such as Neil becoming less in vogue.
Thinking of names?
Niles is pronounced similarly to Neils, Nels▼, Niels and Nils. Other suggested similar baby names are Aimes, Arles, Giles▼, Gilles, Gyles, Jiles, Jules▼, Jyles, Miles▲, Myles▲, Nailer, Neile, Nicos, Niel, Nigel▼, Nijel, Niklas, Niklos, Nikos, Nilos, Niven, Nolen, Ries, Rives, Stiles, Wilkes and Willes. These names tend to be more commonly used than Niles.