Milo Name Meaning

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What Does Milo Mean?

Are you looking for a strong, masculine name that is traditional yet not too common? Consider using the name Milo. This name has several possible meanings, including beloved and merciful, adding to its allure.

The name Milo is derived from multiple sources. In Slavic languages, the root mil- means “dear” or “beloved,” and the name may have come from a Latinized form of this root. However, some believe the name is related to the Latin word "miles," meaning “soldier,” or even the ancient Greek word "milos" for “yew-flower”.

  • Origin: Milo was used as a name as far back as ancient Greece, but it was brought into English by the Normans in the 11th century C.E.
  • Gender: Milo is traditionally a masculine name. Mila or Myla may be used as feminine equivalents.
  • Pronunciation: MY-lo

Although baby names are often separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select the name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Milo?

In the 20th century, the name Milo remained somewhat under the radar. Between 1966 and 2000, it was not even ranked among the top-1,000 boy names in the U.S. In recent years, however, it has started rising in popularity.

In 2015, Milo became one of the top 300 names for boys in America for the first time since at least 1900, and it has kept climbing. The latest statistics show Milo ranked as the No. 134 boy name in the U.S. as of 2020.

Although the name Milo is typically used as a masculine name, it can be used however you see fit as sex doesn't have to be a part of your name selection process.

Similar Names

Milo is closely related to the more common name Miles (also spelled as Myles). Other variants include Milos, Miloš, and Milosz.

In addition, the root mil- (“dear” or “beloved”) is found in many Slavic names including Milivoj, Milomir, Miloslav, Miłowan, Radmilo, Tihomil, and Vlastimil. 

Other boy names starting with M:

  • Malcolm
  • Marcus
  • Mario
  • Marley
  • Marshall
  • Mason
  • Matthew
  • Maxwell
  • Milton
  • Mitchell

Other boy names from ancient Greece:

  • Achilles
  • Adonis
  • Alexander
  • Dorian
  • Jason
  • Leander
  • Nicholas
  • Orion
  • Orpheus
  • Sebastian

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Arianna
  • Brandon
  • Chase
  • Cole
  • Gavin
  • Iris
  • Melody
  • Parker
  • Vivian
  • Weston
  • Zachary

Famous People Named Milo

Many people over the years have had the name Milo or variations of it. Here are some of the most notable.

  • Milo M. Acker, American politician who was a member of the New York State Assembly
  • Milo Aukerman, American musician and biochemist, lead singer for the punk rock band the Descendents
  • Milo Samuel Baker, American botanist who was a president of the California Botanical Society
  • Milo Butler, the first Governor-General of the Bahamas
  • Milo Cawthorne, New Zealand actor best known for his role in the TV series “Power Rangers RPM”
  • Milo Dor, Serbian-Austrian author known for the trilogy of novels known as “The Raikow Saga”
  • Milo Đukanović, the current President of Montenegro
  • Milo Emil Halbheer, German artist known for his paintings of the French countryside
  • Milo Hamilton, American sportscaster known for his play-by-play commentary on Major League Baseball
  • Milo Hrnić, Croatian pop singer
  • Milo Manheim, American actor known for his role in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Zombies” and his appearances on “Dancing With the Stars”
  • Milo O'Shea, Irish actor known for his supporting role in the film “The Verdict” and in various TV series
  • Milo of Croton, ancient Greek wrestler known for his extraordinary strength
  • Milo Parker, British actor known for his role in the film “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”
  • Milo Radulovich, U.S. Air Force reserve lieutenant who was suspected of communist sympathies
  • Milo Ventimiglia, American actor best known for his role as Jack Pearson in the TV series “This Is Us”
  • Milo Yiannopoulos, English far-right political commentator and media personality

Fictional Milos:

  • Milo, the main character in the 1961 children’s novel “The Phantom Tollbooth”
  • Milo Bloom, a journalist in the comic strip “Bloom County”
  • Milo Minderbinder, a savvy businessman in Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel “Catch-22” and its sequel, “Closing Time”
  • Milo Murphy, the main character in the Disney TV series “Milo Murphy's Law”
  • Milo Pressman, a computer analyst in the TV series “24”
  • Milo Rambaldi, a genius and renaissance man in the TV series “Alias”
  • Milo Standish, a scientist in the 1986 novel “Brothers” by William Goldman

More Baby Names

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By Wendy Wisner
Wendy Wisner is a lactation consultant and writer covering maternal/child health, parenting, general health and wellness, and mental health. She has worked with breastfeeding parents for over a decade, and is a mom to two boys.