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, 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).
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).