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Where did the English Miles family come from? What is the English Miles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Miles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Miles family history?The name Miles came to England with the ancestors of the Miles family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the given name Miles or Milo. The name Miles is of Germanic origin and is derived from the Old German word mil, which meant beloved. The family name Miles was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. This distinguished family descended from Miles, who was the Marshall of Duke William and who held lands at Caen, Vauceles, and Venoix in Normandy. The Norman conquerors imported a vast number of continental European personal names, such as the name Miles, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Miles, Myles and others.
First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miles research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miles History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Miles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Miles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Miles name or one of its variants:
Miles Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Miles Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Miles Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Miles Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Miles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Miles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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