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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chelsie
California :)

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

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. brookemiles@hotmail.co.nz

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

sharon anderson
My mother was Miles--my grandfather was David Miles and he had a brother Daniel Miles--my mother told me we came from Ireland--now a whole new vista has opened up--wow. I know we migrated to Georgia from S. Carolina and that's it. I live in Sav. Ga.

Julie miles
Hello, I would love to talk to you. My family is from chesterfield co, sc and has the same history. Julie miles

larry miles
I'm a Miles from Marion County, Sc

Laurie
Hi! hMy grandfather was Daniel Miles and had a brother that the called Dave. wondering if it may be same family

larry miles
I'm a Miles and am from South Carolina

THOMAS R. MILES
IM IN ALABAMA MY FAMILEY CAME TO ALABAMA IN 1840S FROM S.C.LOOK UO MEETING OF THE MILES FAMILEY RUNION. ROLL TIDE

Joy Love
My Great Grand father was Miles Reeves Barnes they came from N.C. to Alabama. in the 1840's. I have always thought he may have had his mothers maiden name which could have been either Miles or Reeves. They lived at old Burlson Alabama near Hamelton, Alabama.

Justin Miles

both my grandfather (Randall Miles) and father (John Miles) are from Georgia as well. Also heard of the possible traces back to Ireland

Malenia Payne
my father passed away last week and we have just learned that his grandmother's maiden name might have been Miles instead of the guy she married which we now think his name was Toliver Goad. My greatgrandmother's name was Sarah Jane Miles.She was born Jan 25,1869 and died Jan 25,1944 in Tennessee. We think she gave her children her maiden name instead of her married name. Can any help.

malanie
HI, My name is Greg Miles I am from Tennessee also. Do you happen to know what part of Tennessee your grandmother was located.

lenda Dean
I beleve the Sussex area is where my Miles ancestors came from, in the seventeenth century. the name William repeats over and over among these same Miles' This is my mother's line and my own son is named Miles.

Lucy
Mine came from Sussex in England, William Val Miles and May Emily Miles

trojan
mile is in briton which was known as island of alba its origin is soulth eastern europe albania greece etc. you know the old saying its all greek to me. if you look up mile as a surname most will come up in albania