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Milo is a classic name with effortlessly modern appeal. Ancient in origin and beautiful in its rendition, Milo is a great alternative to names like Milton or Miles. The name also has a commanding presence in popular culture. Milo Murphy is the titular protagonist of Milo Murphy's Law, and Milo Thatch is the main character in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Milo:

Old Germanic, Latin: Soldier
Ancient Greek: Yew flower
Slavic: Gracious
Scottish: Servant of Jesus

Origin of the name Milo:

Milo is the Old Germanic rendition of the Latin name Miles (meaning “soldier”). In this way, the name Miles is an ancestor of modern words like military. For the ancient Greeks, however, the word milo had a separate etymology that meant “yew flower.”

In addition to the Latin and Greek definitions, some scholars suggest that Milo may have derived from the Slavic milu (meaning “gracious,” loving,” or “merciful”). Finally, Milo is also the anglicized version of Maoilios, a traditional Scottish name that means “servant of Jesus.”

Baby name Milo

Symbolism of the name Milo:

Milo originates from the Latin name Miles (meaning “soldier”). In ancient Rome, the symbol of the soldier was the aquila (eagle standard).

Style of the name Milo:

Classic

Gender of the name Milo:

Milo is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Milo:

MIE-low

Number of syllables in the name Milo:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Milo:

The name Milo evokes feelings of vibrance and vitality.

Alternative spellings for the name Milo:

  • Mylo
  • Mielo
  • Millo

Nicknames for the name Milo:

Popularity of the name Milo:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Milo was the 134th most popular baby name for boys in 2020. Milo has ranked among the top 200 baby boy names since 2018.

Related names for the name Milo:

Great middle names for Milo and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Milo:

  • Milo Jay Aukerman (singer)
  • Milo Samuel Baker (botanist)
  • Milo Hamish Ferguson (son of comedian Craig Ferguson)
  • Milo Emil Halbheer (painter)
  • Milo Arthur Johnson (son of prime minister Boris Johnson)
  • Milo William Langdon (son of actress Liv Tyler)
  • Milo Sebastian Sussman (son of television host Ricki Lake)
  • Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (actor)

Milo in popular culture:

  • Milo Boyd (main character in The Bounty Hunter)
  • Milo Minderbinder (main character in Joseph Heller's war novel Catch-22
  • Milo Murphy (titular protagonist of Milo Murphy's Law
  • Milo Rambaldi (genius in the television series Alias)
  • Milo Thatch (main character in Atlantis: The Lost Empire)