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pinWhat does Niles mean?

Niles /ni-les/ [1 syll.] 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 2 variants: Nile and Nyles.

Affiliated boy names: Neil and Nelson.

Niles has 1 more related form via Niall: Nial.

Kreatif forms: Newles, Nules. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity 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 Birth 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 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 boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.4225%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.1758%, down 58.4%), with the versions Neil and Nelson becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

pinSimilar Names

Niles is 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.