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Gender: Female Pronunciation: MEE-la Origin of Mila: Diminutive of several European names Mila's Popularity in 2017: #30

The name Mila is a girl's name of Russian origin. Mila is ranked #30 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Ancient Roman Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Mila is an appealing European short-form favorite shared by one-time That 70s Show star Ukranian-born Mila Kunis--more recently acclaimed for her work in Black Swan. Her full birth name is Milena.

Mila is quickly rising in popularity, jumping up the list in the past few years, even though it wasn't even in the Top 1000 between 1881 and 2005. Mila is now among the trendiest girl names starting with M.

It's also a versatile nickname: former President Bush's daughter Jenna named her daughter Margaret Laura, after the child's two grandmothers, to be called Mila.

Find other names based on Mila using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Mila

Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress
Milica "Mila" Mulroney, Bosnian-born wife of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Mila J (born Jamila Aiko Aba Chilombo), American singer, rapper and dancer
Mila Frances Tupper Maynard, American Unitarian minister and suffragist
Mila Gojsalić, Croatian folk heroine
Mila Horvat, Croatian TV presenter
Mila Mason, American country music singer
Mila Roselena Jones (b. 2002), daughter of actors Alicia Coppola and Anthony Michael Jones
Mila Seikaly (b. 2003), daughter of model Elsa Benitez and basketball player Rony Seikaly
Mila Rose Amaia Mitchell (b. 2009), daughter of actor Benjamin Mitchell
Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager (b. 2013), daughter of Jenna Bush Hager; granddaughter of former President George W. Bush
Mila Elizabeth Kissel (b. 2016), daughter of country music singer Brett Kissel
Milena "Mila" Cohen (b. 2016), daughter of dancer Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen

Pop Culture References for the name Mila

Mila Valentia, character in video game "Skyrim"
Mila Babicheva, character in anime "Yuri on Ice"
Melania "Mila" Borejko, character in book series "Jezycjada" by Malgorzata Musierowicz
Mila 18, novel by Leon Uris
Mila, main character in "Picture Me Gone" by Meg Rosoff
Mila, main character in The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
"Mila Superstar," anime series and its main character
Mila, character on TV's "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
Mila, character in video game "Dead or Alive 5"
Mila, character in video game "Hotel Dusk: Room 215"

Milah, Milla


Francoamericano Says:


If I wasn't set on giving my son the name Milo, I would use this on my daughter

gaura Says:


Actually Mila is not mile in spanish. The spanish word for mile is "milla". In spanish the "double l" makes a "y" or "j" sound depending on what spanish country you are from, so a spanish speaker would not understand "mile" from "mila"

indiefendi2 Says:


it's mee la. Myla and MILL-a are incorrect.

indiefendi2 Says:


Mila is now #48 (tragically) and I only envision it moving into the Top 10 within the next few years. Mila is only getting more popular... but Mila Kunis isn't.

zhenya Says:


I LOVE the name Mila- it just sounds so sweet. It's not too common but definitely a memorable name!

Daiseymae Says:


I wholeheartedly agree with you. I liked the name 20 years ago, and little did I know how popular is has become.

beachbear Says:


I love this name, but the fact that it's popular and the name of a well-known celebrity makes me disinclined to use it.

bananie21 Says:


So cute and Euro! Adorable!

kat_amanda Says:


My daughter's name.... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!

Floris Says:


Milena? Ludmilla?

gummybear0724 Says:


I pronounce this as My-la

Shaebaby Says:


The pronunciation is what gets me. I hear people pronounce it ME-la, MY-la and MIL-ah. I never know how to say it.

courtney Says:


I named my daughter Mila Elaine born August 2015. I get many compliments on what a beautiful name it is. I hope she loves her name as much as I do. I hope it doesn't get too trendy as timed goes on though.

Lola Says:


This name would be perfect except that mila means mile in Spanish and since I am fluent in Spanish it is kind of a deal breaker. I do like Myla though. /:

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name, but why is it so popular?! This name is Serbian, easy to say, I feel like it's The Name for a future daughter. I guess I'll go with Milena and call her Mila

malloree Says:


What's Mila short for?

malloree Says:


I love this name! This is my #1 girl name. I would totally give this name to my daughter, 1. Since it reflects her and my heritage and 2. It's easy to say in many languages. And since I do hope on living in Switzerland one day, maybe I might have Mila be a nickname for Camille.

Leah3456 Says:


This name is so pretty!

Mila42 Says:


Mila is an adorable name that I want to give to one of my daughters since it's my nickname!

Guest Says:


It breaks my heart that Mila is #78 right now. 😫