Today's Surname: Niles
My great grandmother was Edna Grace Niles. She was born 24 May 1894 and died on 29 Jul 1934 in Darke County, Ohio. Her parents were Joseph Niles (1857-1933) & Anna E. Shomber (1868-1947). There has been a lot of confusion about this woman in the past in the Genealogy World. There was a lot of confusion whether her name was Miles or Niles. I always thought it was Miles, until a distant cousin of mine (whom I met through Ancestry.com DNA) helped identify her true maiden name!
Here is Edna's Lineage:
Parents: Joseph Niles (1857-1933) & Anna E. Shomber (1868-1947)
Grandparents: David Purdy Niles (1833-1914) & Clarinda Jane Robinson (1835-1909)
GGP: Hiram Niles (1805-1848) & Lucy Purdy (1805-1890)
2xGGP: Gaius Niles (1746-1840) & Rebecca Yager (1768-1832)
3xGGP: Nathan "Nathaniel" Niles (1724-1782) & Sarah Holmes (1726-1782)
4xGGP: John Niles (1680-1768) & Mary Ann Ely (1689-1767)
5xGGP: John Niles (1639-1683) & Abigail Ambrose Freeman (1639-1683)
6xGGP: John Niles (1603-1693) & Jane Reed (1611-1654)
7xGGP: John Niles (1580-1603) & Johane Paviot (1580-1603)
John Niles & Johane Paviot were both born in England.
All UK, Outward Passenger Lists: There are 64,808 names on this list, here are a few that came to the USA.
Name Age Birth Departure Date Destination Port
Mrs. Elizabeth Niles 60 abt 1841 02 Jun 1901 New York, USA
Charles Niles 66 abt 1859 24 Oct 1924 New York, USA
Henry Niles 77 abt 1859 17 Jul 1936 New York, USA
Fanny Niles 64 abt 1861 24 Oct 1925 New York, USA
Roma Niles 58 abt 1862 23 Oct 1920 New York, USA
All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: there are 10,482 names on this list, but here are a few that came to the USA.
Name Birth Year Arrival Year and Place
Andrew Niles Indiana
John Niles 1620-1650 New England
John Niles 1632 Massachusetts
John Niles 1634 Massachusetts
Rebecca Niles 1700 Virginia
F. Niles abt 1783 1847 New York, New York
Michael Niles abt 1790 1812 New York, New York
There are 6,827 matches for the surname Niles.
This site states that the surname Niles is originally of Irish origin, which I didn't know. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name "Niall" which means "Champion". The English versions of this name is "Niles" and "Neels"- meaning "Son of Neil"
Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson