Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Milana

Today's name: Milana

Pronunciation: mil-AHN-ah, mee-LAH-nah

Potential nicknames: Millie, Mila, Lana, Milla, Laney/Lainey, Lani

Origin: (1) Czech and Slavic pet form of female "mil" names, meaning "gracious," or "favored." It is a form of Milena. (2) Italian, meaning "from Milan." (3) Greek, meaning "black." Other Greek names also mean black, such as Melania, Melaina and Melaine, and this name could be a variant of those or a variant of the Greek name Milena, also meaning "black." They are all related. (4) Hawaiian, meaning "beloved," coming from the Gaelic name Muirne. (5) Spanish, possibly meaning "miracle of the blessed virgin and light."

Popularity: 208 baby girls named Milana were born in 2010 in the U.S., which raised to 251 in 2011, ranking at #998, the first time it ever ranked.

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