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Gender: F Meaning of Milan: "gracious, dear" Origin of Milan: Place-name or Slavic, diminutive of names beginning with mila Milan's Popularity in 2012: #724

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In Europe, Milan is a boys' name, but in the US, it's been more popular in recent years for girls, firmly in the Top 1000 where it's been off the official scope for boys for more than 50 years. We see that changing now that the more feminine Mila is becoming more popular for boys and singer Shakira has chosen Milan for her son. But at least in America, Milan -- whether pegged to the sophisticated Italian city or the Slavic name -- will continue to be a unisex choice.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Milan

Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. Derived from its Latin name Mediolanum which means 'in the middle of the plain'. But in most of the European languages, for the city of Milan there is used its Italian form Milano or even form rather different eg. Mailand (German), Mediolan (Poland).

In French and German, Milan is a name of the medium-large birds of prey in the hawk family