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What does Niles mean?

Niles Pronunciation of Niles 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". Also form of Neil. Also form of Nelson.


ASSOCIATED WITH champion, greek, saint, river, modern


VARIANTS Nile, Nyles


(male) Nales, ..

(female) Nilea, ..

Niles Hamilton (N.H.), ..

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)

Niles entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #1044 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Niles name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Niles outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Niles listed in the Top 2000 are Neil (#626 A YEAR AGO), Nelson (#671), Niall (#1667) and Nile (#1973). These relations of Niles were favored by parents 9 decades ago (MEDIAN #1014) and are now much less common (#1387, DOWN 66%), with versions such as Neil becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Niles, Neil, Nelson, Niall, Nile in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Niles is pronounced similarly to Neils, Nels, Niels and Nils. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.