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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass, from a diminutive form of Old French mil (Latin milium). In some cases it may have been a nickname for someone suffering from a skin disease, with blisters resembling grains of millet. Compare the English term miliary fever.
  • French and English : from a pet form of the personal name Miles.
  • Catalan : topographic name for someone who lived by a field of millet, Catalan millet (Latin milietum, a derivative of milium ‘millet’).

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