English form of Milo
"soldier or merciful"

Miles Origin and Meaning

The name Miles is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "soldier or merciful".

Miles, which has a permanent veneer of cool thanks to jazz great Miles Davis, is a confident and polished boys' name that's an American classic. Always ranking in the US Top 1000, it's been drifting up the charts for the past half century but has never been TOO popular.

Miles is a favorite of celebrity baby namers, given to their sons by Elisabeth Shue, Mayim Bialik, Larenz Tate, Joan Cusack and Lionel Ritchie. It also makes a great honor name for all the Grandpa Michaels out there.

Miles was the name of the first translator of the Bible into English--the English monk Miles Coverdale, which is also the name of a character in Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance. Miles Hendon figures in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, and Miles was one of the young children in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. Miles--or Myles--Standish was the leader of the Pilgrim fathers.

Miles has also been a favorite movie and TV character name from the days of Murphy Brown to 24 and Avatar.

# 43 in the US

Miles Rank in US Top 1000

# 35 on Nameberry

Miles Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Miles Popularity

Famous People Named Miles

  • Miles Dewey Davis IIIAmerican jazz musician
  • Miles Peter KaneEnglish musician
  • Miles AustinAmerican football player
  • Miles TellerAmerican actor
  • Miles HeizerAmerican actor
  • Miles WheelerAmerican singer
  • Miles JuppEnglish comedian and actor
  • Miles McMillanAmerican model, actor, and painter
  • Miles Gilbert "Tim" HortonCanadian former NHL ice hockey player
  • Miles LunaRooster Teeth Employee
  • Miles McKennaaka MilesChronicles, American YouTuber
  • Miles Williamson of American actress Elisabeth Shue
  • Miles Roosevelt (b. 2005)son of American actress Mayim Bialik
  • Miles Xavier (b. 2006)son of American film and television actor Larenz Tate
  • Miles Robert (b. 2011)son of American actor Glenn Howerton.
  • Miles (b. 2012)son of Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance
  • Miles Macklin Colonomos (b. 2018)son of American television personality Ginger Zee, brother to Adrian Benjamin
  • Miles Theodore Stephens (b. 2018)son of singer John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen

Miles in Pop Culture

  • Miles O'Briencharacter from "Star Trek"
  • Miles "Baby" character from the movie "Baby Driver"
  • Miles Edgeworthfrom "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney"
  • Miles Russellcharacter from the movie "Uncle Buck" played by Macaulay Culkin
  • Miles Raymondmain character in movie "Sideways"
  • Miles VaughnTuck's best friend on "Flash Forward"
  • Miles "Tails" Prowerfox sidekick from "Sonic the Hedgehog"
  • Miles Hendonlater Earl of Kent, rescuer and friend to the Prince of Wales in "The Prince and the Pauper" (1882) by Mark Twain
  • Major Milesa Fort Briggs soldier in Hiromu Arawakawa's manga "Fullmetal Alchemist"
  • Miles Mollisoncharacter of "The Casual Vacancy" by J. K. Rowling
  • Miles Tuckcharacter from the book, movie and musical "Tuck Everlasting"
  • Miles Fowlcharacter in "Artemis Fowl" series
  • Miles Mathesona character in "Revolution"
  • Miles "Pudge" Haltermain character of "Looking for Alaska" by John Green
  • Miles Moralesa fictional superhero who appears in Marvel Comics, as one of the characters who goes by the identity of Spider,Man.
  • Miles Malpracticebright young thing in "Vile Bodies" (1930) by Evelyn Waugh
  • Miles Hollingsworth IIIcharacter on TV show "Degrassi, the Next Generation"
  • Miles Fishera character in the "Fallen" series (Lauren Kate)
  • Miles Callistoa character in the TV show "Miles from Tomorrowland"
  • Miles Upshurprotagonist in the video game "Outlast"
  • Miles Lennoxcharacter in Disney's "Backstage"
  • Miles Lionheartcat farm hand from the webcomic "Las Lindas"
  • Miles Silverberga character in the TV series "Murphy Brown"
  • Miles Leonarda character in the NBC television series "A.P. Bio."

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