Gender: Male Meaning of Milan: "gracious, dear" Origin of Milan: Place-name or Slavic, diminutive of names beginning with mila Milan's Popularity in 2018: #450

Milan Origin and Meaning

The name Milan is a boy's name of Slavic origin meaning "gracious, dear".

As Mila rises for girls, so Milan is becoming a more popular option for boys, especially after singer Shakira chose it for her son. After a 55-year hiatus, it reentered the Top 1000 in 2013 and is heading dramatically upward.

Milan has been a Top 10 name for boys in The Netherlands and Hungary, as well as making the Top 20 in Belgium. With the first syllable pronounced mee, this could also suggest the Italian city, although the native version Milano is a lot livelier. Milan Kundera was the (male) writer of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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Rank in US: #450

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stella2007 Says:


Milan, Milano and Milo have always been boys names. Mila, Milana, Milani are girls names. I love the name Milan for a boy, sounds modern but is classic with a lot of history. The name does remind me of premier league football/soccer which my husband loves lol!

Laura Says:


milan is life

Guest Says:


I first heard this name on a boy when I was 12 and I thought "Milan on a boy?" but now I know the history of it haha