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Gender: Male Meaning of Niles: "son of Neil" Origin of Niles: Scandinavian

The name Niles is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "son of Neil". Niles and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover 10 times".

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Perfect name for TV Frasier's effete brother.

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Famous People Named Niles

Niles Eugene Welch, American actor
Niles Paul, American NFL football player
Niles Eldredge, American biologist
Niles Lee Perkins, American athlete and physician

Pop Culture References for the name Niles

Niles, character on TV's "The Nanny"
Niles Crane, character on TV's "Frasier"
Niles Standish, character on TV's Crank Yankers
Niles Caulder aka Chief, character in DC Comics
Judge Niles, character in the Judge Dread comic strip
Niles, character in Video Game "Fire Emblem Fates"

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Emily Says:


My son's name is Niles. I love it because it's different but not too crazy or made up. It's a very strong name.

Guest Says:


My sons name is Niles. I love it because it is not common but not weird either :)