Wiles Family History

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Wiles Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a trapper or hunter, in particular someone who caught fish, especially eels, by setting up wicker traps in rivers and estuaries, from Middle English wile ‘trap’, ‘snare’ (late Old English wil ‘contrivance’, ‘trick’ possibly of Scandinavian origin), or in some cases probably a nickname for a devious person.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Miles, Wile, Biles, Wiley, Niles, Files, Ayles, Viles, Wilkes, Iles

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Wiles Family Origin

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Wiles Family Occupations

What did your Wiles ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wiles. A less common occupation for the Wiles family was Carpenter. The most common Wiles occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Wiles's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wiles ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wiles Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 120,000 census records available for the last name Wiles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wiles census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Wiles. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Wiles. For the veterans among your Wiles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wiles Life Expectancy

What is the average Wiles lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wiles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wiles in 1947 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wiles ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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