Diminutive of Mildred or Millicent
"gentle strength; strong in work"

Millie Origin and Meaning

The name Millie is a girl's name of German, English origin meaning "gentle strength; strong in work".

Millie is back. It's a Top 100 name throughout much of the English-speaking world, though not yet in the US. Millicent would be an appealing long form, but many people are using Millie all by its cute self -- so many, in fact, that it returned to the Top 500 in 2015 for the first time since World War 2 and continues to climb.

Millie is a winner with parents who like their girl names offbeat, frilly, and old-fashioned. Millie is one of the coolest girl names starting with M.

Millie was in the Top 1000 here until 1966, peaking at Number 128 way back in 1881; it made its return appearance in 2009. The name got a lot of attention via the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie, set in the 1920s, but today is more closely identified with the riveting young British actress Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven in the television show Stranger Things.

Fashionable relative: Milla or Mila. Milly is also sometimes used. Tillie is another old-school nickname that, like Millie, sounds modern again.

# 102 in the US

Millie Rank in US Top 1000

# 132 on Nameberry

Millie Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Millie Popularity

Famous People Named Millie

  • Mildred "Millie" JacksonAmerican singer
  • Mildred "Millie" KirkhamAmerican singer
  • Millie Bobby BrownSpanish,born English actress
  • Millicent Dolly May "Millie" SmallJamaican singer,songwriter
  • Mildred "Millie" DeeganAmerican female baseball player
  • Millie PerkinsAmerican actress
  • Millie HughesFulford, American investigator and biologist
  • Camilla "Millie" MackintoshBritish reality TV personality of "Made in Chelsea"
  • Mili AvitalIsraeli actress
  • Gloria Mills "Millie" Chapman (b. 1991)daughter of singers Amy Grant and Gary Chapman
  • Millie Luczak (b. 2009)daughter of tennis player Peter Luczak
  • Millie Rose Gubby (b. 2006)daughter of singer Bobby G of Bucks Fizz
  • Millie Wenham (b. 2008)daughter of Australian actor David Wehham
  • Millie June Rempel (b. 2017)daughter of musician Curtis Rempel
  • Millie O'ConnellBritish West End Actress

Millie in Pop Culture

  • Millie Dillmountmain character in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," movie and musical
  • Princess Milliecharacter in "The Frog Princess" by E.D. Baker
  • Milliecharacter in the Warriors series
  • Millicent "Millie" McFaddencharacter on TV's "One Tree Hill"
  • Milliepseudonym of Georgia "George" Lass on TV's "Dead Like Me"
  • Millie Warnecharacter in movie "Miss Potter"
  • Milliecharacter on TV's "The Bletchley Circle"
  • Millie Harrischaracter in movie "Jumper"
  • Mildred "Millie" Helpercharacter on TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
  • Millie McGoniglemain character in 1948 film "The Mating of Millie"
  • "Millie" short story by Katherine Mansfield
  • Millie the ModelMarvel Comics series
  • Millie Kentnercharacter on TV's Freaks and Geeks

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