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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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.

Miles Early Origins



The surname Miles was first found in Lincolnshire where Johannes filius Mile was listed (1150-1160.) Seventy years later, the name would be found in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1230 as Milo Noyrenuyt. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the listings in Bedfordshire were the most numerous: William filius Milon; and Milo le Messer. The same rolls listed: Peter Myles in Kent; Wychard Miles in Lincolnshire; and Margery Mylys in Cambridgeshire. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Pipe Rolls of Sussex listed Nicholaus Miles in 1177 and the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire listed Nicholaus filius Miles in 1297. And then there was this interesting note confirming the relationship between Milo and Miles: "Another Ralph Miles, a fishmonger, of Bridge Ward (1292 Subsidy Rolls of London), founded a chantry for his late lord Milo, no doubt Miles de Oystergate, fishmonger." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Miles Spelling Variations


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Miles Spelling Variations



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.

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Miles Early History


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Miles Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Miles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Miles Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Miles In Ireland


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Miles In Ireland



Some of the Miles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Miles, who came to Virginia in 1633
  • Elizabeth Miles, who came to Virginia in 1634
  • Anthony Miles, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Lewes Miles, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Anto Miles, aged 11, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Miles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alce Miles, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • David Miles, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Daniel Miles, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Christian Miles, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Miles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Miles, who landed in New York in 1826
  • Edward Miles, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828
  • Jonah Miles, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Martin Miles, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Wilhelm Miles, aged 41, landed in Missouri in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Miles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Miles, who landed in Wisconsin in 1914

Miles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Miles, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Thomas Miles U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 188 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Capt. Elijah Miles U.E. who settled in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's Brigade in the 3rd Battalion [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Elijah Miles U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Miles U.E. (b. 1742) born in New Milford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785, he died in 1824 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Miles Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miss L Miles, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Miles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Miles, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Richard Miles, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • William Miles, English convict from Herefordshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • George Miles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • William Miles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Miles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Clement Miles, aged 21, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Thomas Miles, aged 22, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Frederick William Miles, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Miles, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Hannah Miles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Miles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Miles (post 1700)



  • Carl Thomas Miles (1918-2016), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1940 season
  • Lynn Alan Miles (1943-2015), American human rights activist in Taiwan
  • Joanna Miles (b. 1940), French-born, American two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning actress
  • A.D. Miles (b. 1971), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated writer and actor, known for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) and Horrible People (2008)
  • William Miles (1931-2013), American Academy Award nominated filmmaker
  • John Miles (1922-2013), nicknamed "Mule", American Negro League Baseball player for the Chicago American Giants from 1946-1949, inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (2000)
  • Lieutenant-General Sherman Miles (1882-1966), American Commanding General 1st Service Command (1942-1945)
  • Nelson Appleton Miles (1839-1925), American Army officer
  • Aaron Miles (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball player
  • Louis Wardlaw Miles (1873-1944), American World War I Medal of Honor recipient
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Miles Historic Events


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Miles Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Vernon G Miles (b. 1906), English Chief Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Hambledon, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald S Miles (b. 1899), Welsh Senior Master Com. Warrant Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Francis B Miles (b. 1901), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Barnwood, Gloucestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frank Miles (d. 1912), aged 23, English Third Class passenger from Greenwich, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Miles


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Suggested Readings for the name Miles



  • L.D. Miles: His Ancestors and Descendants by Carol Bickel Cramer.
  • Thomas Hill and Rebecca Miles: Ancestors and Descendants by Mary Louise Donnelly.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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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