[ 2 syll. mi-les, mil-es ] The baby boy name Miles is pronounced MAYah-S †. Miles' language of origin is Hebrew and Latin. It is predominantly used in the English language. Latin origin: The name is of disputed origin. Its medieval form was the Roman name Milo (Latin), itself from the element miles, possibly influenced from the association with the name Michael and the archangel Michael, the patron saint of soldiers. Another derivation suggests the source as the Slavic mil (meaning 'favor, grace'). The name has been used by English speakers since its introduction from the Norman Conquest, and it saw a moderate revival in the 18th century. In Ireland, it is taken as the Anglicized form of other names such as Maoileas, Maelmore, and Maolmuire, and the form Myles as the equivalent of the Gaelic Maolra. In Scotland, Myles is taken as the Anglicized form of Maoilios.
Miles is a diminutive (English) of the Czech, English, French, German, and Yiddish Michael.
Miles has 17 derivatives. Derivatives of Miles include Milas, Milea, Milee, Miley, Mili, Milie, Milles, Milo, Milos, Milosh, Milson, Mily, Mylo, Mylos, and Mylosh. The variant spellings Myles and Mylz are other English forms.
Miles is a popular baby boy name, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1940s. At the recent height of its usage in 2011, 0.165% of baby boys were given the name Miles. It had a ranking of #115 then. In 2012, it ranked at #111 with a usage of 0.161%, and it was the 2nd most popular after Michael, within all boy names in its family. It was more widely used than Miles by 5 times in 2012.
† Pronunciation for Miles: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
A famous person named Miles is Miles Davis, Trumpeter, born Miles Dewey Davis, Jr. 26 May 1926 - 28 September 1991, Alton, Illinois.