Girl Names baby nameMila

What does the name Mila mean?

The different meanings of the name Mila are:
  • Latin meaning: Rival; emulating
  • Greek meaning: Friendly; soft; pleasant
  • Italian meaning: Derivative:  Short for Camilla
  • Polish meaning: Young ceremonial attendant
  • Russian meaning: Loved by the people
The meaning of the name “Mila” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Mila is a name that comes from Slavic origins. It's not known exactly where the name was used first, but it is suspected to have been in either Poland or another Eastern European country including the Czech Miloslava and Dobromila, the Polish Kamill and Emilia and the Russian Ludmilla. At first, Mila was used only as the short forms of other Slavic names that included "mila” in the beginning or end of the word, but it became a separate name by common usage. The word Mila means “gracious” or “dear” in Serbian and Bulgarian languages. It is also used in Spanish for Emilia and a separate Swahili name meaning 'traditions' too.

Some of the names that Mila could have been derived from are Emilia, Ludmila, Milada, Milena, or Milica. There are no variations of this name, but it can be spelled as Milla in some countries such as Australia. One common misspelling of the name is Myla.

Since the late 1980s through 2014, the name Mila has increased in frequency in many countries around the world. Its usage peaked worldwide in 2014 with the highest ranking being 4th most popular female baby name in the Netherlands in 2014. Other high rankings that year were in Belgium where it was placed at 11th most popular, in New Zealand where Mila was 16th most popular, in Canada and Finland where it was the 25th most popular, in Switzerland where it was 33rd most popular, Australia where Mila (or Milla) was ranked at 42nd most popular, and in Slovenia where it was ranked at 45th most popular as a female baby name. It made the top 100 female baby names in the US, Scotland, Croatia, France, and Scotland as well.

Famous people who share the name Mila include Milla Jovovich and Mila Kunis (film actresses), Mila Munis the country music star, Mila Mulroney an activist and campaigner, Mila Horvat the Croation TV host, and Mila Gojsalic a folk heroine in Croatia.