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The ancestry of the name Quiles dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Norfolk. Quiles is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the Quiles family lived at the quarel, which simply meant that the family resided near a quarry.

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The surname Quiles was first found in Norfolk 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Quiles have been found, including Quarles, Quarell, Quarrells and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quiles research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1592, 1644, 1625 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Quiles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quiles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Quiles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Quiles, or a variant listed above:

Quiles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Manuel Quiles, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1854
  • Francisco Quiles, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1873

Quiles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Carmen Quiles, aged 24, who landed in America from Dares, Puerto Rico, in 1913
  • Augustina Quiles, aged 58, who settled in America from Madrid, Madrid, in 1916
  • Jose Quiles, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Gandia, Spain, in 1920
  • Pedro Quiles, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Ralph Quiles, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920


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  • Robert Quiles (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • German Quiles (b. 1939), former American Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Eduardo Quiles (b. 1940), Spanish playwright and novelist
  • Paul Quilès (b. 1942), French Socialist politician


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