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Quick Facts on Milan

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 597
MEE-lawn or Mә-LAWN
Simple meaning:
Mid-plain; or Gracious, dear

Characteristics of Milan

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Milan

Milan is one of those “twofer” names in that you get two etymologies out of a single name. For one, Milan is a place name referring to one of the largest cities in Italy. Originally settled by Celtic tribes centuries before Christ, Milan was known as Mediolanum which is a Latin name thought to be derived from ancient Celtic language elements, essentially meaning a settlement located in the “middle of a plain”. This would make sense as Milan is situated in the plains of the Lombardy region of Italy. Other sources suggest that the name is ultimately derived from a Celtic word denoting a sanctuary or religious center for the particular Celtic tribes who inhabited the ancient area. The Romans would conquer the Celtic settlement in the 3rd century B.C. and Mediolanum eventually became the capital of the Western Roman Empire (with Nicomedia representing the East). The Germanic Visigoths arrived in the early 5th century followed by the Huns a few decades later. The Germanic Ostrogoths sacked Milan during the Gothic Wars in the 6th century and the Lombards finally moved in during the latter half of the 6th century (also a Germanic tribe from which the region of Lombardy takes its name). When the Franks (another Germanic tribe) conquered the city in the 8th century, Milan became part of the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne. At some point, the Spaniards and then the Austrian’s took control before the city was finally annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in the 19th century. Strategically placed in the North of Italy, Milan is the gateway to the rest of the peninsula. It’s no wonder scores of tribes and nations fought for its possession. Aside from the clear association with the prominent Italian city, Milan is also a name of Slavic origin. The Slavic element “mil” means “gracious, dear”. Interestingly, Milan is considered a female name among Americans, but as a masculine name it is a top choice in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Hungary. From a Slavic perspective, at least, Milan is all male. In fact, they would probably scratch their heads upon meeting a woman named Milan.

Popularity of the Name Milan

People of Slavic descent will be happy to hear that Milan started out as a boy’s name in America. It showed up sporadically on the charts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries before disappearing permanently in 1958. Suddenly the name reemerged in 2009 but this time for baby girls. Obviously, the usage for girls is tied to the “place name” trend. Other international city names have become quite popular for females in the United States. For instance there’s Alexandria (Egypt), Kimberly (South Africa), Sidney (Australia), London (England), Paris (France) – not to mention our own American cities like Brooklyn, Savannah and Madison. We take on countries too (Ireland, India, Kenya). Hell, we’ll even take on continents (Asia, Africa and America). So what’s so bad about Milan? At least in the United States, Milan is now officially a girl’s name. And it appears to be on the upswing. In other words, more and more American parents are choosing Milan (Siena is another Italian city name which is favored for girl’s in the U.S.). Obviously a place name trend, we can think of a hec of a lot worse places than Milan. But we have to admit, we like the “dear, gracious” etymology better than “mid-plain”.
Popularity of the Girl Name Milan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Milan

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Milan

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Milan

    Milan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Milan.

  • Popular Songs on Milan

    Popular Songs on Milan

    Milan - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Milan.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Milan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Milan

    It's Nice To Be Gone When You're In Milan (Penelope Dyan) - A Kid's Guide To Milan, Italy. Milan, Italy was founded under the name of Mediolanum by the Insubres, a Celtic people. It was captured by Romans in 222 BC. After that Milan was ruled by the Visconti, the Sforza, the Spanish and the Austrians. In 1796, Milan was conquered by Napoleon I, and in 1805 he made it the capital of his Kingdom of Italy. During World War II, the city was bombarded by Allied bombs, and after the German occupation in 1943, Milan became the main hub of the Italian resistance. There are many fun things for kids to do and see when they visit Milan. Kids can see the one and only Leonardo da Vinci painting of "The Last Supper," shop at the very famous Galleria Emanuele II, also known as il salotto di Milano, visit the Duomo di Milano, Castello Sforzesco and more. It seems you can't be bored when you are in Milan, and Moms and daughters will love Milan because it is a fashion capital. Take another journey with photographer John D. Weigand and award winning author and poet Penelope Dyan and explore the fun and the magic of beautiful Milan! Children need to experience beauty to grow, and to Italians all beauty is art. One might say Milan is truly the original melting pot, and one might also say the melting pot has created one of the most beautiful cities in the world where you can hop aboard a trolly, a bus or the metro and see living and past history in all its intensity and majesty. Recommended for ages 7+

    Sydney Travels to Milan: A Guide for Kids (Keith and Sydney Svagerko) - From the Let's Go to Italy Series! Award winning artists and authors Keith Svagerko and Sydney Svagerko traveled to Milan, Italy to capture the city's old world charm and modern day fashion scene in a travel guide created from a kid's view. This kid's guide prepares children for Milan travel, with tips for grown-ups, too. Filled with descriptions, photographs, drawings and activities, this guide will educate and engage children while building anticipation for the trip. Sydney says, "This is Milan for kids!" Recommended for ages 7+

  • Famous People Named Milan

    Famous People Named Milan

    Famous People Named Milan - Milan Kundera (Czech novelist); Milan Lucic (hockey player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Milan

    Children of Famous People Named Milan

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Milan - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Milan.

  • Historic Figures

    Milan - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Milan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Milan.

Personality of the Girl Name Milan

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Milan

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