Mila 🔥

Gender: Female Pronunciation: MEE-la Meaning of Mila: "gracious; dear" Origin of Mila: Slavic, Russian Mila's Popularity in 2019: #19

Mila Origin and Meaning

The name Mila is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "gracious; dear".

Mila is a given name with Russian and Slavic provenance. It began as the diminutive form for names such as Ludmila, Milena, and Milica. Mila can be a nickname for any name containing the element mil, meaning “gracious” or “dear.”

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.

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Rank in US: #19

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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. 😫