Last name: Miles

This interesting name is English but of Norman French origins. First introduced into England at the famous Conquest of 1066, it is thought to derive from the Germanic personal name "Mild", itself possibly from the Slavic word "mil", meaning mercy. In English documents of the Middle Ages, the name normally appears in the Latin form "Milo", but the usual spoken form would have been "Mile", so we assume that the final "s" represents the possessive or patronymic ending meaning "son of Mile". Early examples of the surname recording include those of Ralph Miles in 1292. Given as being a fishmonger of Bridge Ward, it is said that he founded a charity in the name of the late Lord Milo, and subsequently adopted his masters name, whilst William Augustus Miles (1753 - 1817) was a notable political writer. He corresponded with William Pitt the Younger, and it is said suggested building a Suez Canal in 1791. However it is likely that he got the idea from the French who had thought about it much earlier. He died in Paris in 1817, where he was collecting materials for a history of the French Revolution. William Miles who died in 1860, rose to the rank of Major-General in the Indian army. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas Miles. This was dated 1177, in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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miles amine
I'm from Algiers but i dn't know the origine of my name MILES

Brooke Miles
Hi, I would love to get in contact with any miles within england, I am currently looking into my family's history and would love to find out more. I was born in New Zealand.

I am from Dillon SC and my grandfather is James Buster Miles If anyone has some history or related please post

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My name is Juan Miles from Detroit Michigan my dad name was Arthur Miles from Monroe La. If anyone has some history please post. I was told, are family was French Canadian.

Corey Miles

My name is Corey Miles and my grandfather was Dennis Miles Sr. He's originally from Herne, TX, spent time in Waco where my father was born and then moved to California where he spent most of his life with Bette his wife. Sound familiar to anyone?

Elizabeth Miles
I'm from England and as far as I know my family have always lived in England. In the West Midlands

Scott Miles
I'm from Texas, originating in the Fort Worth Area. Now living in East Texas.

Deborah morris
My mother was a June Miles. We have traced her fathers family back to the 1700's to Brinton Miles of the Philadelphia area. Brinton is a very Main Line Philadelphia name but we are not part of them. However , we were always told that we were Welsh. I know that we married into a lot of German.

Malenia Miles Payne
I am from Dalton, Georgia, My father is Lloyd Bruce Miles, (My grandfather is Christopher Columbus Miles- he is from the Knoxville, Tennessee area. He had a sister Mae Miles Babb, he married Ethel Pearl Anders.

Rose Miles Thiessen
I was told we werefrom Wales but as I've done years of research on my genealogy, I have found many of my family that landed in Pennsylvania were from England and married many germanic women(Wistar). Go down the line and I found we are related to bigod that was in the knights templar and some other notable families that aided in the Norman conquest many were Dukes or Marquees. Interesting.