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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Niles. The Niles family lived in Ayrshire. The Niles family name is also a Scottish patronymic name created from the personal name Neill. It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Néill meaning "descendant, or son of Niall."

Niles Early Origins



The surname Niles was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Niles Spelling Variations


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Niles Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Niles has appeared as Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.

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Niles Early History


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Niles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niles research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1474 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Niles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Niles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Niles Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Niles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Niles In Ireland


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Niles In Ireland



Some of the Niles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 226 words (16 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


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The Great Migration



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Niles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Niles, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1639

Niles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rebecca Niles, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • William Niles, who landed in Tortola in 1790

Niles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Niles, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Paul S Niles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • A C Niles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Niles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Niles, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Niles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Niles (post 1700)



  • Nathaniel William Niles (1886-1932), American figure skater
  • Henry Clay Niles (1850-1918), United States federal judge
  • William E. Niles (1867-1936), American Major League Baseball player
  • Wendell Niles (1904-1994), one of the great announcers of the American golden age of radio
  • Ken Niles (1908-1988), American radio announcer
  • Herbert Clyde Niles (1880-1953), American outfielder /infielder in Major League Baseball
  • John Milton Niles (1787-1856), American lawyer, editor, author and politician
  • Richard Niles, American composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, broadcaster and journalist
  • Steve Niles (b. 1965), American comic book author and novelist
  • Addison Cook Niles (1832-1890), American Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of California
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Niles


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Suggested Readings for the name Niles



  • Sixteen Couples: Stories about the Lives and Times of Thirty-Two People by P. Parker.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: His regi servitium
Motto Translation: With these we render service to the king.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Niles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Niles 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 October 2016 at 09:04.

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