Gender: Male Meaning of Milo: "soldier or merciful" Origin of Milo: Latin and Old German Milo's Popularity in 2018: #178

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 highly recommended author favorite boys' name, now getting some well deserved appreciation. 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.

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Rank in US: #178

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Eirini170 Says:


No no no.... I HATE this name

livialucille Says:


I'm surprised there aren't more girls named Milo. Shiloh is already gender neutral. Girls' names ending in -o are trendy. And we have the Venus de Milo connection. Why not?

SouthernPeach Says:


I can't believe no one said anything about the book Phantom Tollbooth! I love that book so much. The funniest thing is, when I was reading the book, I hated the name. But I was just dreaming up a new character, and the first name that popped into my mind was Milo and I liked it. And I tried a few other names, but Milo he is. And it's definitely growing on me! :)

Francoamericano Says:


I am going to use this on my (far) futur child for sure.

91flaviaj Says:


One of my favorite boys names ever. Short, no frills, not an unusual name but also not overused. I think that this name is strongue and sweet at same time.

ttwwiinnmmoomm22 Says:


I've got a Milo, he's very introverted and sweet... the name fits him very well. I like that it's cute for a little guy, but not unprofessional. His middle name is a more classic name, should he ever decide he's not keen on a unique name... though it seems its rising in popularity!

Cassie Says:


My little Milo has just turned one and he is Milo Joseph :)

stella2007 Says:


I fell in love with the name Milo after hearing it on actor Milo Ventimiglia. Before that i only associated Milo with Nestle Milo Chocolate and Malt powder that you mix with milk. I have also heard of dogs being named Milo but that doesn't bother me at all, because a lot of dogs these days have human names. But i think Milo is an absolutely beautiful name for a boy. Short and sweet. It sounds cool and also a bit European and sophisticated too which i love. It's also great if you want to add a longer and more classic middle name. This name has become popular recently but it's definitely a name that's been around for decades and is still deemed classic. I really would consider calling my son Milo.

She's a Killer Queen Says:


I love this name but it feels incomplete, for some reason!

JossieChris Says:


Wow no mention of girls named Milo. I am on it! Milo Davenport (socialite and heiress) from An American is Paris was named after the Venus de Milo. Love it! So many names limited by gender issues that no longer exist.

jaz.fortune Says:


I like this name as a middle name. It's funny because I always liked Sebastian Milo ,but I just saw that Ricki Lake's son is named Milo Sebastian which is kinda cool 😂

Wittyusername103 Says:


New Zealanders love Milo though so it's not a bad thing.

Sarah Benton Says:


We named our now one year old son Milo Brian after my husbands father (Brian) and in honour of his grandfather (Miles). I really liked the fresh twist on Miles and since they would share a last name, it is nice for my son to have his own name. We have definitely had mixed reviews about it, but I am getting better and just ignoring negativity and focusing on how well suited he is to his name.

katinka Says:


I love Milo! It feels much more youthful and energetic than Miles, which I've always found a bit staid. I think it would age just fine.

Impwood Says:


This is such a sweet name for a small child, but I honestly can't picture it on an adult. Miles feels more versatile.

helenlouise Says:


This sounds like a medicine! I love Milo though.

Filthy Peasant Says:


Best name for a boy

Shaina ☮ Says:


My 3 month old son is named Milo, after my Great Grandpa Milo. It's crazy that the name is becoming popular again!

headintheclouds Says:


Milo is a great name, but I can only associate it with the Milo drink, which forever eliminates the possibility of ever using Milo IRL for me. Milo is widespread in Australia and parts of Asia where the Nestle brand is popular, so that's something to consider. (The drink is, BTW, delicious. Look up the Milo Dinosaur- yum.) Plus I really cannot see anyone named Milo being anyone over the age of a six year old precocious little boy. I much prefer Miles, which I think ages much better and has a more versatile cool yet classic vibe to it.

Veronica Renee Says:


Love my child's name!!! He's officially named Milodin though (Milo for short), I combined the names Milo and Odin together since I couldn't decide between the two and I love that he will always be one of a kind.

Veronica Renee Says:


My child is very cute actually. Insanely cute. And named Milo!

mabespark Says:


It's okay, but personally I prefer Miles.

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jeanniebear Says:


I think this name is soooo cute but everyone says it sounds like a dogs name :((

tfzolghadr Says:


I knew a Milo who was a gruff ex-Marine. It seemed ironic, as Milo is such a soft name. I think it fits well for a 3 year old, but not for a grown man. My biggest issue is that this is just a name I associate with dogs. I would never consider it for an actual human who might one day grow up to not be a pant wetter...

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Yes! That's what I think of as well lol, but I wasn't sure if it was just Australia and New Zealand with the drink or if it was international.

Emmilou Says:


I have a 5 year old son named Milo and believe me he is extremely cute. Important to bear in mind it is the name of an incredibly popular malt drink in Australia/New Zealand etc so could be an issue if you ever plan to emigrate haha

clairels Says:


Generally I like boys' names that end in "o" but to me, Milo is the scrawny kid who wets his pants on the first day of kindergarten and can never live it down. There's just nothing that says "tough" or "masculine" about this name, and I think a boy needs that sometimes.

Guest Says:


I know a lot of dogs with the name Milo so I can't really picture it ever being cute on a person.