Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Mila

Mila has not been a typically used independently given name among English speakers until very recently. The name Mila is a diminutive of any Slavic name containing the “mil” element, meaning ‘gracious, dear’. For instance, two famous Mil(l)as in the United States are the much admired actress Mila Kunis (born Milena Kunis in the Ukraine) and former supermodel turned actress Milla Jovovich (born Milica Jovović of Russian-Serbian descent). Mila is actually a pet form of other Slavic names including Milena, Milica and Milan. Mila is sometimes connected with the Spanish female name Milagros which means ‘miracles’ or it could also be considered a pet form of Camilla (meaning ‘an attendant in religious rituals’ from Old Latin). For the most part, however, Mila is generally considered a short form of various Slavic female names as mentioned above. Mila is currently most popular in the Netherlands and Slovenia. But it is also on the Top 100 lists in the nations of Canada, France, Belgium and Croatia. Whereas Milena is quite popular in Poland.

All About the Baby Name – Mila

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME MILA

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME MILA

Aside from one random small blip in 1881, the name Mila has not existed on the female naming charts in America until 2006. We’re pretty certain this particular name has been influenced by the rising fame of Mila Kunis, an actress who is both pretty and talented. The name first appeared in 2006, the year “That 70s Show” was wrapping up its final season. Quickly thereafter Mila got another big push up the charts between 2008 and 2010 during which time the actress starred in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) quickly followed by the award-winning film “Black Swan” (2010). One of the finest actors to emerge from Hollywood, Karl Malden, who was Serbian by descent named his daughter Mila (but that was a long time ago). The name is simple and pretty and a good choice for parents of Slavic origins.

Quick Facts

ON MILA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Slavic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

78

PRONUNCIATION:

MEE-lə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Gracious, dear

Characteristics

OF MILA

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Mila

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME MILA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Mila

Popular Songs

ON MILA

Mila Mila
a song by Tata Young

Famous People

NAMED MILA

Mila Kunis (Ukrainian-born American actress)
Milla Jovovich (Ukrainian-born American actress/model)
Mila Mulroney (wife of Canadian Prime Minister)

Children of Famous People

NAMED MILA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Mila

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME MILA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mila