Latin and Old German
"soldier or merciful"

Milo Origin and Meaning

The name Milo is a boy's name of German origin meaning "soldier or merciful".

Milo is most commonly considered to be Germanic name derived from the Latin word miles, meaning "soldier." However, there is evidence to suggest it also may have independently spawned from the Slavic root milu, meaning "merciful." Milo predates brother name Miles, a variation that evolved when the name immigrated to the British Isles in the Middle Ages. Mylo is an alternate spelling.

Milo has long been a favorite boys' name on Nameberry, also getting some well-deserved appreciation in the wider world. Milo combines the strength of the ancient Greek Olympic wrestler of that name—a six-time winner of the Olympic games—with the debonair charm of a WWII RAF pilot.

More recently, Milo has been associated with the dashing Milo Ventimiglia of This Is Us fame, and it has also been the name of characters in books Catch-22 and The Phantom Tollbooth, and on screen in Milo and Otis, Alias, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Ricki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Sherry Stringfield, Liv Tyler, Craig Ferguson, and Alyssa Milano are six celebrity parents who share our enthusiasm for Milo, as do many Nameberry baby namers.

Milo is often heard in Ireland. Milo O'Shea was a renowned Irish character actor.

# 121 in the US

Milo Rank in US Top 1000

# 16 on Nameberry

Milo Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Milo Popularity

Famous People Named Milo

  • Milo of Crotonancient Greek athlete
  • Milo Đukanović1st Prime Minister and 2nd and 4th President of Montenegro
  • Milo Anthony VentimigliaAmerican actor
  • Milo Donal O'SheaIrish actor
  • Milobishop of Reims and Trier, Germany
  • Milostage name of Rory Ferreira, American rapper
  • Milo Dorpen name of Milutin Doroslovac, Serbian,Austrian writer
  • Milo Jay AukermanAmerican singer of band the Descendants
  • (Leland) Milo HamiltonAmerican sportscaster
  • Milo ParkerEnglish actor
  • Milo CawthorneNew Zealand actor
  • Milo Boughton Butler1st British governor,general of the Bahamas
  • Milo RadulovichAmerican veteran portrayed in movie "Good Night, and Good Luck"
  • Milo ManaraItalian comic book artist
  • Milo Emil HalbheerGerman painter
  • Milo YiannopoulosBritish political commentator and internet provocateur
  • Milo Astaire (b. 1993)son of model Saffron Aldridge and Simon Astaire
  • Milo Sebastian Sussman (b. 1997)son of TV host/actress Ricki Lake
  • Milo Hamish Ferguson (b. 2001)son of TV host/comedian Craig Ferguson
  • Milo Jacob Brezovar (b. 2001)son of actress Camryn Manheim
  • Milo Hutton (b. 2001)son of actor Timothy Hutton
  • Milo Oyamada (b. 2002)son of singers Cornelius and Takako Minekawa
  • Milo William Langdon (b. 2004)son of actress Liv Tyler and Royston Langdon
  • Milo Joseph (b. 2004)son of actress Sherry Stringfield and Larry Joseph
  • Milo Sealson of actor Kevin Seal and director Lynn Shelton
  • Milo Roy (b. 2005)son of comedian Ben Roy
  • Milo Phirman (b. 2009)son of actress Dannah Phirman and comedy singer Mike Phirman
  • Milo Contostavlos (b. 2010)son of rapper Dappy
  • Milo Thomas (b. 2011)son of actress Alyssa Milano
  • Milo Cannonball Meloy (b. 2013)son of singer Colin Meloy of The Decemberists
  • Milo Martínez (b. 2013)son of actor Mariano Martínez and model Juliana Giambroni
  • Milo Lachowski (b. 2013)son of model Francisco Lachowski
  • Milo Thomas Scott (b. 2014)son of actors Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani
  • Milo Kielty (b. 2016)son of TV personality Cat Deeley and comedian Patrick Kielty
  • Milo Arthur Johnsonson of UK prime minister Boris Johnson

Milo in Pop Culture

  • Milotalking orange cat in movie "The Adventures of Milo & Otis"
  • Milo Minderbindercharacter in Joseph Heller's Catch,22
  • Milomain character in "The Phantom Tollbooth"
  • Milo Thatchmain character of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Milo Sparksbaby on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Milo Peckcharacter in movie "Heart and Souls"
  • Milo Fostercharacter on TV series "Men at Work"
  • Milopurple character on British children's TV show "The Tweenies"
  • Miloa rodent,like mammal on animated series "The Land Before Time"
  • Milodog in movie "The Mask"
  • Milo Bloomcharacter in comic strip "Bloom County" by Berkeley Breathed
  • Milo Kerrigancharacter in Australian TV's "Full Frontal"
  • Milo Pressmancharacter on TV's "24"
  • Milo Rambaldicharacter on TV's "Alias"
  • Professor Milovillain in Batman comics
  • Scorpio Milocharacter in manga "Saint Seiya"
  • Milomain character on animated series "Fish Hooks"
  • Milo Jacksoncharacter in movie "Airheads"
  • Milo GreeneAmerican indie pop band
  • Milo Deancharacter in movie "The Skeleton Twins"
  • Milo Davenporta female character in An American in Paris, named after the Venus de Milo.
  • Milo Boydmain character in "The Bounty Hunter"
  • Milo Aukermanlead singer of the Descendents
  • Milo Crinkleycharacter in "Be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days" by Stephen Manes
  • Milochocolate drink in Australia/New Zealand
  • Milo Murphyeponymous character in the show Milo Murphy's Law by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
  • Milocharacter from the video game "Minecraft: Story Mode"
  • MiloGym Leader in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

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