The surname Miles is of English origin. It is derived from the Old French from the Germanic personal name Milo, of uncertain etymology, but perhaps ultimately akin to the Slavonic element ‘mil-‘, mercy, grace, favour. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Miles ( in some cases Milon ). In England documents from the Middle Ages usually have the name appear in the Latin form Milo, but the normal Middle English form of the name was Mile, so that the final -s must usually represent the possesive ending, i.e. ‘son or servant of Mile’. It may also be a greatly altered pet form of the name Michael, from an Old French contracted form of Michael ( Myhill ). The name Michael came to be associated with the Latin word ‘miles’, soldier, because of the military attributes of the archangel Michael. It may also be an occupational name for a servant or retainer, from the Latin ‘miles’, soldier, sometimes used as a technical term in this sense in medieval documents. The name is also borne by Jews for unknown reasons. The name has been modestly popular in England ever since the Conquest. The name da… Coat of arms: Gule…
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