Miles Name Meaning

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Fact: Miles has been used as a given name since medieval times and was popular in England after the Norman Conquest.

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A Deep Dive

Miles Overview

Meaning

Soldier, merciful

Gender

Boy

Origin

Latin, German, English

Etymology

Derived from the Latin name “Milo,” which is thought to mean “soldier” or “merciful.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/maɪlz/

Popularity

Miles is a popular name in many English-speaking countries and has been steadily rising in popularity. Recently, Miles has consistently ranked within the top 100 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

22 (Influential, Visionary, Powerful)

Name Styles

Classic, Cool, Short, Cute

Associated Traits

Intelligent, kind, adventurous, creative
A Deep Dive

Miles Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Milo, Myles, Milos, Milon, Milas

Common Nicknames

Millie, Milesy

Diminutives

Mils, Mikey, Milo

Famous People

  • Miles Davis
    (American Musician)
  • Miles Teller
    (American Actor)
  • Miles Morales
    (Fictional Character)
  • Miles Bridges
    (American Basketball Player)
  • Miles O'Brien
    (American Journalist)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Miles to Go"
    (Album)
  • "Blue Streak"
    (Film)
  • Miles Morales
    ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," Film)
  • Miles Finch
    ("Elf," Film)
  • Miles Halter
    ("Looking for Alaska," Novel)

Places

  • Miles City
    (Montana, USA)
  • Miles River
    (Maryland, USA)
  • Miles Park
    (Ohio, USA)
  • Miles City
    (Queensland, Australia)
  • Miles Canyon
    (Yukon, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Miles?

Miles means “soldier” or “merciful.” Those with the name Miles are known for their strength and compassion, blending kindness with a determined spirit that makes them dependable and approachable.

What Is the Origin of The Name Miles?

Miles has origins in Latin, German, and English. It derives from the Latin word “miles,” meaning “soldier,” and has roots in the Germanic name “Milo,” which means “merciful.” The name has been used in various cultures for centuries, gaining popularity in English-speaking countries for its timeless appeal.

Miles Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Miles in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#432023#552021#562022

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Miles

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202343
(+13 from 2022)
6558
(+996 from 2022)
0.35814
202256
(-1 from 2021)
5562
(-163 from 2021)
0.29696
202155
(+4 from 2020)
5725
(+428 from 2020)
0.30556
202059
(+16 from 2019)
5297
(+411 from 2019)
0.28638
201975
(+23 from 2018)
4886
(+897 from 2018)
0.25424
201898
(+12 from 2017)
3989
(+360 from 2017)
0.20522
2017110
(-5 from 2016)
3629
(-114 from 2016)
0.18336
2016105
(+2 from 2015)
3743
(+4 from 2015)
0.18478
2015107
(+1 from 2014)
3739
(+50 from 2014)
0.18289
2014108
(+7 from 2013)
3689
(+274 from 2013)
0.18002
2013115
(-4 from 2012)
3415
(+147 from 2012)
0.16900
2012111
(+3 from 2011)
3268
(-90 from 2011)
0.16105
2011114
(+23 from 2010)
3358
(+488 from 2010)
0.16530
2010137
(+24 from 2009)
2870
(+468 from 2009)
0.13970
2009161
(+6 from 2008)
2402
(+43 from 2008)
0.11325
2008167
(+22 from 2007)
2359
(+225 from 2007)
0.10819
2007189
(+12 from 2006)
2134
(+196 from 2006)
0.09634
2006201
(+9 from 2005)
1938
(+183 from 2005)
0.08840
2005210
(+10 from 2004)
1755
(+174 from 2004)
0.08250
2004220
(+8 from 2003)
1581
(+70 from 2003)
0.07481
2003228
(+11 from 2002)
1511
(+95 from 2002)
0.07191
2002239
(+6 from 2001)
1416
(+32 from 2001)
0.06852
2001245
(+12 from 2000)
1384
(+79 from 2000)
0.06691
2000257
(+24 from 1999)
1305
(+252 from 1999)
0.06249
1999281
(-29 from 1998)
1053
(-128 from 1998)
0.05164
1998252
(+44 from 1997)
1181
(+238 from 1997)
0.05824
1997296
(+22 from 1996)
943
(+114 from 1996)
0.04720
1996318
(+9 from 1995)
829
(+35 from 1995)
0.04137
1995327
(-39 from 1994)
794
(-154 from 1994)
0.03948
1994288
(-19 from 1993)
948
(-124 from 1993)
0.04651
1993269
(+14 from 1992)
1072
(+54 from 1992)
0.05190
1992283
(-12 from 1991)
1018
(+36 from 1991)
0.04850
1991271
(-2 from 1990)
982
(-11 from 1990)
0.04633
1990269
(-5 from 1989)
993
(+36 from 1989)
0.04614
1989264
(+1 from 1988)
957
(+70 from 1988)
0.04566
1988265
(-3 from 1987)
887
(+52 from 1987)
0.04430
1987262
(+13 from 1986)
835
(+58 from 1986)
0.04282
1986275
(+121 from 1985)
777
(+321 from 1985)
0.04043
1985396
(+12 from 1984)
456
(+47 from 1984)
0.02370
1984408
(+38 from 1983)
409
(+61 from 1983)
0.02179
1983446
(-32 from 1982)
348
(-57 from 1982)
0.01867
1982414
(+69 from 1981)
405
(+105 from 1981)
0.02146
1981483
(+7 from 1980)
300
(+2 from 1980)
0.01611
1980490
(-22 from 1979)
298
(-10 from 1979)
0.01607
1979468
(+77 from 1978)
308
(+76 from 1978)
0.01719
1978545
(+7 from 1977)
232
(+5 from 1977)
0.01358
1977552
(+32 from 1976)
227
(+31 from 1976)
0.01328
1976584
(-52 from 1975)
196
(-31 from 1975)
0.01201
1975532
(+27 from 1974)
227
(+21 from 1974)
0.01399
1974559
(-12 from 1973)
206
No change from 1973
0.01264
1973547
(+15 from 1972)
206
(+2 from 1972)
0.01277
1972562
(+6 from 1971)
204
(-1 from 1971)
0.01219
1971568
(-36 from 1970)
205
(-26 from 1970)
0.01128
1970532
(-14 from 1969)
231
(+5 from 1969)
0.01213
1969518
(+6 from 1968)
226
(+15 from 1968)
0.01236
1968524
No change from 1967
211
(+9 from 1967)
0.01188
1967524
(-8 from 1966)
202
(-13 from 1966)
0.01135
1966516
(-63 from 1965)
215
(-76 from 1965)
0.01183
1965453
(-5 from 1964)
291
(-26 from 1964)
0.01536
1964448
(-10 from 1963)
317
(-14 from 1963)
0.01564
1963438
(-29 from 1962)
331
(-55 from 1962)
0.01603
1962409
(+40 from 1961)
386
(+63 from 1961)
0.01837
1961449
(-6 from 1960)
323
(-8 from 1960)
0.01497
1960443
(+4 from 1959)
331
(+11 from 1959)
0.01529
1959447
(-13 from 1958)
320
(-7 from 1958)
0.01477
1958434
(+3 from 1957)
327
(+18 from 1957)
0.01517
1957437
(-17 from 1956)
309
(-12 from 1956)
0.01412
1956420
(-8 from 1955)
321
(+3 from 1955)
0.01496
1955412
(-34 from 1954)
318
(-35 from 1954)
0.01521
1954378
(+30 from 1953)
353
(+60 from 1953)
0.01706
1953408
(-16 from 1952)
293
(-14 from 1952)
0.01463
1952392
(-2 from 1951)
307
(+7 from 1951)
0.01556
1951390
(-16 from 1950)
300
(-26 from 1950)
0.01569
1950374
(+23 from 1949)
326
(+40 from 1949)
0.01792
1949397
(+12 from 1948)
286
(+10 from 1948)
0.01587
1948409
(+5 from 1947)
276
(+4 from 1947)
0.01548
1947414
(+31 from 1946)
272
(+70 from 1946)
0.01464
1946445
(+20 from 1945)
202
(+39 from 1945)
0.01224
1945465
(+22 from 1944)
163
(+7 from 1944)
0.01189
1944487
(+13 from 1943)
156
(+2 from 1943)
0.01123
1943500
(-31 from 1942)
154
(-21 from 1942)
0.01059
1942469
(+1 from 1941)
175
(+15 from 1941)
0.01243
1941470
(+1 from 1940)
160
(+10 from 1940)
0.01275
1940471
(-29 from 1939)
150
(-16 from 1939)
0.01265
1939442
(+10 from 1938)
166
(+3 from 1938)
0.01465
1938452
(+6 from 1937)
163
(+16 from 1937)
0.01434
1937458
(-46 from 1936)
147
(-32 from 1936)
0.01344
1936412
(+37 from 1935)
179
(+18 from 1935)
0.01682
1935449
(+5 from 1934)
161
(+7 from 1934)
0.01505
1934454
(-15 from 1933)
154
(-3 from 1933)
0.01450
1933439
(-36 from 1932)
157
(-40 from 1932)
0.01539
1932403
(+32 from 1931)
197
(+28 from 1931)
0.01834
1931435
(+26 from 1930)
169
(+4 from 1930)
0.01580
1930461
(-28 from 1929)
165
(-20 from 1929)
0.01461
1929433
(-29 from 1928)
185
(-35 from 1928)
0.01670
1928404
(+7 from 1927)
220
(+5 from 1927)
0.01928
1927411
(-34 from 1926)
215
(-27 from 1926)
0.01850
1926377
(+5 from 1925)
242
(-2 from 1925)
0.02113
1925382
(+17 from 1924)
244
(+11 from 1924)
0.02119
1924399
(-15 from 1923)
233
(-6 from 1923)
0.01993
1923384
(-40 from 1922)
239
(-56 from 1922)
0.02111
1922344
(+54 from 1921)
295
(+62 from 1921)
0.02622
1921398
(-8 from 1920)
233
(+2 from 1920)
0.02048
1920390
(-36 from 1919)
231
(-30 from 1919)
0.02099
1919354
(+27 from 1918)
261
(+16 from 1918)
0.02571
1918381
(-16 from 1917)
245
(+13 from 1917)
0.02336
1917365
(+7 from 1916)
232
(+15 from 1916)
0.02418
1916372
(+23 from 1915)
217
(+31 from 1915)
0.02350
1915395
(+30 from 1914)
186
(+59 from 1914)
0.02111
1914425
(-35 from 1913)
127
(+8 from 1913)
0.01859
1913390
(+9 from 1912)
119
(+26 from 1912)
0.02219
1912399
(+5 from 1911)
93
(+43 from 1911)
0.02060
1911404
(-59 from 1910)
50
(-3 from 1910)
0.02071
1910345
(+20 from 1909)
53
(+11 from 1909)
0.02542
1909365
(-24 from 1908)
42
(-2 from 1908)
0.02375
1908341
(-10 from 1907)
44
(+3 from 1907)
0.02645
1907331
(+125 from 1906)
41
(+17 from 1906)
0.02585
1906456
(-119 from 1905)
24
(-12 from 1905)
0.01666
1905337
(-52 from 1904)
36
(-9 from 1904)
0.02513
1904285
(-3 from 1903)
45
(+1 from 1903)
0.03249
1903282
No change from 1902
44
(-1 from 1902)
0.03402
1902282
(+2 from 1901)
45
(+8 from 1901)
0.03390
1901284
(-7 from 1900)
37
(-18 from 1900)
0.03201
1900277
(+12 from 1899)
55
(+19 from 1899)
0.03392
1899289
(-59 from 1898)
36
(-23 from 1898)
0.03125
1898230
(+33 from 1897)
59
(+15 from 1897)
0.04466
1897263
(+19 from 1896)
44
(+2 from 1896)
0.03608
1896282
(+34 from 1895)
42
(+9 from 1895)
0.03254
1895316
(-88 from 1894)
33
(-23 from 1894)
0.02606
1894228
(+64 from 1893)
56
(+21 from 1893)
0.04484
1893292
(-31 from 1892)
35
(-12 from 1892)
0.02892
1892261
(-21 from 1891)
47
(+3 from 1891)
0.03575
1891240
(+6 from 1890)
44
(-3 from 1890)
0.04027
1890246
(+48 from 1889)
47
(+14 from 1889)
0.03926
1889294
(-21 from 1888)
33
(-10 from 1888)
0.02772
1888273
(-1 from 1887)
43
(+8 from 1887)
0.03310
1887272
(+11 from 1886)
35
(-1 from 1886)
0.03202
1886283
(-56 from 1885)
36
(-16 from 1885)
0.03024
1885227
(+44 from 1884)
52
(+13 from 1884)
0.04485
1884271
(-18 from 1883)
39
(-3 from 1883)
0.03178
1883253
(+5 from 1882)
42
(-2 from 1882)
0.03734
1882258
(-14 from 1881)
44
(+4 from 1881)
0.03606
1881244
(-28 from 1880)
40
(-14 from 1880)
0.03694
1880216
First SSA data recorded
54
First SSA data recorded
0.04561

American States Popularity Rankings for Miles

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#612021#742022#572023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#872021#852022#792023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#582021#612022#622023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#352021#372022#292023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#342021#462022#192023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#482021#402022#352023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#792021#892022#632023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#412021#342022#282023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#512021#682022#342023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#1042021#742022#392023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#352021#362022#192023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#452021#482022#192023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#262021#182022#172023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#492021#572022#312023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#402021#302022#282023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#452021#392022#202023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#312021#202022#202023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#222021#142022#82023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#622021#692022#452023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#492021#422022#282023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#672021#702022#352023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#182021#292022#142023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#412021#562022#502023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#822021#772022#572023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#332021#322022#412023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#712021#862022#472023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#442021#222022#242023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#772021#762022#442023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1082021#1262022#672023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#1202021#1192022#822023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#602021#472022#392023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#562021#462022#422023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#352021#442022#152023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#612021#632022#202023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#562021#1002022#232023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#202021#142022#382023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#272021#402022#242023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#862021#832022#382023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#1982021#1282022#722023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#882021#932022#492023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#382021#212022#242023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#302021#442022#612023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1042021#312022#302023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#462021#392022#202023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#782021#212022#292023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#862021#462022#372023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#622021#512022#982023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#342021#982022#572023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#602021#632022#812023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#412021#1242022#172023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#212021#292022#292023

Popularity Rankings for Miles in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#322021#372022#212023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#242022

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#622023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#922021#982022#742023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#1472019#1442020#1112021

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#1722021#1562022#1422023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#2042021#2392022#2152023

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#4332021#2072022#3482023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#3472020#2232021#2652022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#4362021#4162022#4632023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#4582020#5232021#4722022

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#7322015#6632016

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#7802022#9232023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Miles a Name for Boys or Girls?

Miles is generally a boy’s name. Its strong and classic sound, along with its historical associations with masculinity, makes it a favored choice for boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Miles

Miles in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Miles Davis (Musician, 1926–1991): An influential American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer known for his impact on the development of jazz.
  • Miles Teller (Actor, born 1987): An American actor known for his roles in "Whiplash," "The Spectacular Now," and the "Divergent" series.
  • Miles Morales (Fictional Character, born 2011): A character in Marvel Comics who becomes Spider-Man in the "Ultimate Fallout" series.
  • Miles Bridges (Basketball Player, born 1998): An American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.
  • Miles O'Brien (Journalist, born 1959): An American broadcast news journalist specializing in science, technology, and aerospace.
  • Miles Heizer (Actor, born 1994): An American actor known for his roles in the TV series "13 Reasons Why" and "Parenthood."
  • Miles Chamley-Watson (Fencer, born 1989): An American fencer who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Miles Jupp (Comedian, born 1979): A British comedian and actor known for his work on radio and television.
  • Miles Morales ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," 2018 Film): A teenager who becomes Spider-Man after gaining spider-like abilities.
  • Miles Finch ("Elf," 2003 Film): A successful children's book author who is mistaken for an elf.
  • Miles Halter ("Looking for Alaska," 2005 Novel by John Green): A young man who attends boarding school and falls in love with a mysterious girl.
  • Miles Edgeworth ("Ace Attorney," 2001 Video Game): A highly skilled prosecutor and rival to the main character, Phoenix Wright.
  • "Miles Ahead" (2015 Film): A biographical drama about the life of jazz musician Miles Davis.
  • Miles Straume ("Lost," 2004 TV Series): A medium who can communicate with the dead and helps uncover mysteries on the island.
  • Miles Logan ("Blue Streak," 1999 Film): A jewel thief who poses as a detective to recover a hidden diamond.
  • "Miles to Go" (2009 Album by Miley Cyrus): A personal and introspective album by the pop singer.
  • Miles Dyson ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day," 1991 Film): A scientist whose work leads to the creation of Skynet.
  • Miles Hollingsworth III ("Degrassi: The Next Generation," 2001 TV Series): A wealthy and troubled high school student.
  • Miles City (Montana, USA): A city known for its rich history, cattle industry, and annual Bucking Horse Sale.
  • Miles River (Maryland, USA): A river on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, known for its scenic views and boating activities.
  • Miles Park (Ohio, USA): A public park in Cleveland, offering green spaces, sports facilities, and recreational opportunities.
  • Miles City (Queensland, Australia): A town in the Western Downs Region, known for its historical sites and annual country music festival.
  • Miles Canyon (Yukon, Canada): A scenic canyon on the Yukon River, known for its striking basalt rock formations and hiking trails.
  • Miles Sound (Antarctica): A sound on the east coast of Alexander Island, noted for its icy landscapes and scientific research significance.
  • Miles Lake (Alaska, USA): A glacial lake in the Chugach National Forest, known for its stunning scenery and wildlife.
  • Miles Street (London, UK): A street in Southwark, known for its vibrant community and historic buildings.
  • Miles Island (Louisiana, USA): An island in the Mississippi River, known for its natural beauty and bird watching.
  • Miles Park (Western Australia, Australia): A park in Perth, known for its family-friendly environment and community events.

Similar Names to Miles

Sibling Names for Miles