The surname Niles is of patronymic origin, meaning son of, or descendant of Niall. The personal name Niall, meaning “champion” was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form of "Njall" and was thereafter introduced into England and Scotland directly from Ireland by the Norse settlers and indirectly by the Normans who had also adopted the name from the Scandinavian settlers in France, in the form of "Ni(h)el". As a personal name and surname it is found in various forms in England, Scotland and Ireland. One David Niles was married to Elizabeth Silk on the 29th June 1784 at St. Dunstan's, Stepney.
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