Mila Name Meaning

Short and sweet, Mila is a Slavic name that first appeared on the U.S. baby name charts in 2006. A diminutive of names containing the root mil, Mila means dear or gracious.

Parents are head over heels in love with Mila’s effortlessly chic style, a tiny name bursting with femininity. She’s not as frilly as Isabella or Delilah but she’s just as soft and delicate. She’s also spunky and adventurous, playing well with Aria and Mia, two other pint-sized girl monikers.

Mila started turning heads internationally with the rise of actress Mila Kunis, a star with a diverse portfolio and likable personality. The name is fun and friendly, much like chart climbers Lily and Chloe. She also has the trendy -la syllable as seen in Layla and Ella.

Mila ages gracefully and avoids falling into the trap of sounding trendy or juvenile. Mila’s exotic roots also make her a stylish choice for parents looking to explore foreign names that easily cross over into English. She’s refreshing on the ear and stands apart from Emily and Amelia, but her similar sound ushers in a nostalgic feel that parents can’t help but love.

Longer variants of the name are Milena, Milka, and Mylene. Male versions include Milos and Milan.

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Mila Name Popularity

How popular is the name Mila? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Mila was the 14th most popular girls name, representing 0.5915% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Mila has been the 600th most popular girls name, representing 0.0262% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 1,648 5 0.0004%
1921 0 0%
1922 1,456 7 0.0006%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 1,919 6 0.0003%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 1,831 9 0.0005%
1961 1,769 11 0.0006%
1962 2,164 5 0.0003%
1963 2,096 6 0.0003%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 2,197 6 0.0004%
1968 2,041 7 0.0005%
1969 2,038 9 0.0006%
1970 0 0%
1971 2,418 6 0.0004%
1972 0 0%
1973 2,171 7 0.0005%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 2,553 6 0.0004%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 2,999 5 0.0003%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 2,878 5 0.0003%
1984 2,610 7 0.0005%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 0 0%
1989 0 0%
1990 0 0%
1991 0 0%
1992 0 0%
1993 3,594 5 0.0003%
1994 0 0%
1995 0 0%
1996 3,787 5 0.0003%
1997 2,937 9 0.0006%
1998 2,351 19 0.0013%
1999 2,303 22 0.0015%
2000 2,089 30 0.002%
2001 1,852 42 0.0028%
2002 1,384 85 0.0057%
2003 1,220 115 0.0076%
2004 1,130 144 0.0094%
2005 1,001 190 0.0124%
2006 746 325 0.0208%
2007 735 345 0.0219%
2008 546 514 0.0333%
2009 465 620 0.0415%
2010 362 837 0.0581%
2011 175 1,777 0.1247%
2012 115 2,624 0.1841%
2013 78 3,677 0.2583%
2014 72 4,051 0.278%
2015 53 4,726 0.3248%
2016 48 4,813 0.3338%
2017 30 5,935 0.4253%
2018 14 8,126 0.5915%

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Names Like Mila

If you like Mila, you’ll love these other names like Mila.


What names are diminutives of Mila?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Mila sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Mila, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lala

Tulip

Slavic

Mimi

A diminutive form of Miriam and, through the French, of Wilhelmina.

French


What names are variants of Mila?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Mila.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Mela

Black, dark-skinned

Greek

#3,482 (0.0004%)  

What names sound like Mila?

If you like how Mila sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Mila.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Camila

Young religious servant

Spanish

#18 (0.5429%)  
Fila

Loving

Greek

Lila

Night

Arabic

#215 (0.1008%)  
Maia

Great; mother

Greek

#490 (0.0411%)  
Mala

Woman from Magdala; the fifth month

Hebrew

#2,879 (0.0006%)  
Maya

Dream

Indian (Sanskrit)

#61 (0.2819%)  
Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

#7 (0.9202%)  
Mika

Lord; who resembles God?; three trees together; quick, nimble

Latin

#1,178 (0.0085%)  
Milla

Helper to the priest

Latin

#2,360 (0.0013%)  
Mina

Love

German

#593 (0.0313%)  
Mira

Wonderful; peace; propserous

Spanish

#448 (0.0463%)  
Mya

Dream

Indian (Sanskrit)

#191 (0.1113%)  
Myla

Soldier

English

#276 (0.0831%)  
Nila
#1,544 (0.0046%)  
Zila

Shadow

Hebrew


What names are similar to Mila?

Find a name that’s like Mila, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ada

Noble one

German

#244 (0.0924%)  
Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

#25 (0.4823%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Lily

Lily flower

English

#31 (0.4153%)  
Lucy

Of the light

English

#51 (0.3169%)  
Luna

The moon

Latin

#23 (0.502%)  
Sadie

Princess

Hebrew

#87 (0.2363%)  
Sasha

A short variant form, regarded as Russian, of Alexandra.

Russian

#551 (0.0352%)  
Stella

Celestial star

Latin

#38 (0.3727%)  
Zoe

Life

Greek

#40 (0.3679%)  

Lists With Mila

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Siblings of Mila

Mamas with kids named Mila also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Clare

Bright, famous

Latin

#724 (0.0221%)  
Dale

Valley

English

#1,373 (0.0043%)  

8 Comments

  1. My absolute favourite name in the world ! loved it for years, if I ever have a little girl I will name her Mila.

  2. I heard the name Mila Rose while watching tv and just fell in love with it. I just think it flows and sounds beautiful and it’s not a very common name.

  3. We chose it because it was short and sweet, feminine and feel that it won’t get mispronounced all that much.

    • My name is Mila, and I love it, but people mispronounce it all the time, so I wouldn’t choose Mila because you think it won’t get mispronounced.

  4. My husband is British and I am German. We were looking for a name that we can pronounce in the same way in both languages. Once we saw the name Mila, we immediately fell in love with it.

  5. I think the name Mila is a beautiful name. And different for a child of African American heritage

  6. We wanted a name that was sweet and short because we knew she would have two middle names, one of which is hyphenated. We thought the name sounded really sweet, and it was one of the few mom and dad both loved. To top it off, the meaning roots are: dear, darling, gracious and pleasant! My name root meaning is dear one, I loved that!

  7. My paternal grandmother’s name was Milagros and we called her Lola (grandma in Tagalog) Mila. Since I was in college, I wanted the chance to name a daughter Mila, but I am one of 17 grandchildren, so I feared one of my cousins would use the name. Luckily, no one did and I now have my baby Mila 🙂 Her middle name is Clare. My husband’s maternal grandfather’s name was Clarendon and he went by Clare. That’s how we came up with our daughter’s name.


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