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Quick Facts on Millie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 598
Simple meaning:
Gentle strength

Characteristics of Millie

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Millie

Millie is most commonly considered the English pet form of Mildred, but it could essentially be ascribed as a diminutive of any number of female names beginning with the “Mil-“ prefix (Millicent, Milagros, Mila, Milan, Milania, etc); or even names with the “mil” sound somewhere (such as Amelia, Camilla, Emily). However, Millie has always been most closely associated with Mildred which itself is an ancient Anglo-Saxon female name originally rendered as Mildþryð (meaning “gentle strength”) from the Olde English elements “milde” (gentle) and “þryð” (strength). The name was popularized in England around the 8th century thanks to a well known Anglo-Saxon abbess-turned-saint named Mildred. Born in the late 7th century, Mildred (or Mildþryð as she was known in Olde English) was the daughter and granddaughter of Anglo-Saxon kings. Her mother was also a saint and princess from Kent, England. Saint Mildred is remembered in England as a pious woman who demonstrated particular compassion for the widows, orphans and downtrodden. She was known for her humility and “gentle strength” (apparently the name fit). Her relics are now located at St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury and her Feast Day is May 18. Mildred remained a popular Anglo-Saxon name throughout England up until the 11th century Norman Conquest which is when it slowly fell out of favor. The name was revived again in the 19th century and the pet form Millie became a common independently given name in its own right. As far as the modern-day 21st century goes, well, Mildred is passé but Millie isn’t. Today Millie is a top favorite in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Millie

Millie was alive and well in late 19th century America. In fact, in the late 1800s the name was practically a Top 100 favorite. As we turned into the 20th century in the year 1901 Millie was ranked in at #205 on the charts – pretty respectable indeed. As the decades advanced into the 1900s Millie’s “gentle strength” began to show signs of aging; the name would see a slow and steady decline decade after decade until finally disappearing from the Top 1000 list in 1967. Millie’s semi-retirement would last for more than 40 consecutive years before this sweet little darling recently reemerged in 2008. We’re not sure what prompted her sudden return, but she is reminiscent of some other “old lady” pet names: Hattie instead of Harriet, Mollie instead of Mary, Maggie instead of Margaret, Sadie instead of Sarah, Josie instead of Josephine, Charlie instead of Charlotte, Elsie instead of Elizabeth, Evie instead of Evelyn, and the list goes on. Americans may have also noticed how popular old Millie is across the pond on the British Isles and Ireland and have now taken a second look. As a pet form of Mildred, Millie is super colloquial and casual, but she also has that old-fashioned antique charm that saves her from being just another modern day Miley, Marlee or Malia.
Popularity of the Girl Name Millie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Millie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Millie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Millie

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

  • Popular Songs on Millie

    Popular Songs on Millie

    Millie and Billie - a song by Alice Cooper

    Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa - a song by De La Soul

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Millie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Millie

    Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! (July Cox) - A kindergarten teacher entertains her students with nonsense words. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Funny Friends Millie Moo (Roger Priddy) - A blue and orange zebra, a pink elephant and a red spotted panda are just some of Millie Moo’s funny friends waiting to meet babies and toddlers in this colorful board book. There are vivid, bold pictures to look at, a fun rhyming story to read aloud and listen to, plus embossed textures that little fingers will just love to touch and feel. Recommended got ages 2-4.

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Millie! (Judy Cox) - Every morning at school, Mrs. Millie says, "Please hang up your book bugs." The kindergarteners know she means book bags, and they laugh whenever their teacher talks silly. On Mrs Millie's birthday, the children decide to throw a surprise party. They decorate the classroom with baboons (balloons) and set out chocolate cubcakes (cupcakes) and apple moose (juice). Mrs. Millie has never enjoyed such a wonderful bird-day! The illustrations rendered in Prismacolor pencil, dyes, pen, and ink highlight the fun in this classroom romp. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Millie and Honey: The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure (J. D. Means) - Millie promised her dog Honey and her litters--Salazar, Jasmine, Burt, and Blinky a day of fun and picnic at the lake. She kept her word, and they set out trekking at the edge of the forest. As they were getting near the lake, Salazar found an egg-shaped, silvery shining vehicle, which, to their surprise, will take them to a journey and adventure beyond their imagination. Join Millie and the gang as they ride the Instant Traveling Machine and explore Catatonia, a planet of felines, beautiful scenery, and one extraordinary amusement park. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Millie Cooper's Ride: A True Story from History (Marc Simmons) - Based on historical fact, this exciting tale is set on the Missouri frontier during the War of 1812. Millie's family and the other families living at Fort Cooper face certain defeat when they are besieged by a coalition of Indian nations allied to the British. Millie, who is only twelve years old, volunteers to ride to nearby Fort Hempstead for reinforcements. Her desperate journey turns the tide of battle. Harrowing events, dramatic dialogue, and an unlikely heroine bring this fast-paced story to life. Ronald Kil's detailed illustrations add to the authenticity of an action-packed story that teaches the responsibility of everyone, even the youngest citizens, to the larger community. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Millie Fierce (Jane Manning) - Millie is quiet. Millie is sweet. Millie is mild. But the kids at school don't listen to her. And she never gets a piece of birthday cake with a flower on it. And some girls from her class walk right on top of her chalk drawing and smudge it. And they don't even say they're sorry! So that's when Millie decides she wants to be fierce! She frizzes out her hair, sharpens her nails and runs around like a wild thing. But she soon realizes that being fierce isn't the best way to get noticed either, especially when it makes you turn mean. So Millie decides to be nice--but to keep a little of that fierce backbone hidden inside her. In case she ever needs it again. With bright art and an adorable character, it's easy to empathize with Millie. Because everyone has a bad day, once in a while. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Millie in the Snow (Alexander Steffensmeier) - Millie’s new job as a mail cow keeps her very busy. Christmastime is especially hectic, and she can barely wait for the milking to be done before she’s out delivering presents. On Christmas Eve, at the end of a long day, the mail carrier sends Millie home with all the presents he’s made for the farmer and the other animals. Only, Millie gets a bit confused by the snow-covered landscape. Suddenly everything looks the same, and the farm is nowhere in sight! Can Millie make it home to deliver the presents in time for Christmas? And more important, will the presents make it there in one piece? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Millie Moo Touch and Feel Picture Book (Roger Priddy) - A Touch and Feel, Search and Find board book ideal for preschool children. Join Millie Moo on a crazy adventure as she looks for her friends from the farm. Fun rhymes, silly characters and a wacky, whimsical story. Lots of clues to find and solve. Touch and feel novelties on each page. Bright and colorful, cartoon-style artwork and text. Recommended for ages 2-4.

    Millie Moo's Crazy Counting Book (Roger Priddy) - Counting from 1 to 10 is fun with Millie Moo! Kids will love to join Millie and her band of amazingly crazy friends in this big, bright and busy board book as they learn their first numbers from 1 to 10. Recommended for ages 2-4.

    Millie the Octopus Learns to Hula Dance (Jack Makhlouf) - Kindle edition. Millie the Octopus Learns to Hula Dance In this exciting adventure story, Millie the Octopus learns a traditional Hawaiian dance. After dreaming up her wish to hula dance, Millie sees a beautiful girl doing the dance on the beach. Millie knows that she can learn this dance, too! Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Millie's Marvellous Hat (Satoshi Kitamura) - Millie loves hats, but she can't afford to buy any of the beautiful ones in the hat shop. But the shopkeeper has an idea. He produces a box containing an amazing hat with the most perfect shape and color imaginable - if Millie dares to imagine it. Millie does dare, and soon she sees not only her own marvellous hat, but everyone else's hats as well. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Millie's Mirror (Michael Ross) - Kindle edition. This book contains five short stories suitable for reading to, or reading by, children aged 5 to 10. Can you imagine a world without soap, time, money, glass, or fire? Join Millie, Mikey, and Dizzy dog as they step through Millie’s Mirror. Each journey finds Mirrorworld without an important scientific discovery or principle ever having been made. With the help of Irene the Inventor, and Webster, a friendly internet surfing computer, our heroes always put everything right, with comical confusion and sometimes in a very unexpected way, before returning back home. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Millie's Unsettled Season, Book 1 (Martha Finley) - Part of a series. ‘Oh, Aunt Wealthy,' Millie cried, as Wealthy's boot touched solid ground, 'It's decided!' 'My child, what is it?' asked the older lady, dropping the letter to take the girl's hand and draw her to the sofa, 'What is decided?' Millie spoke with a determined effort to be calm. 'This morning, at breakfast, Pappa told us children, I mean3/4he and Mamma had talked it over last night, and you know they have been praying about it, and… 'And?' asked Aunt Wealthy as she clasped Millie's hand to her heart. 'We are going to move…to…to…Pleasant Plains, Indiana,' replied Millie. 'The frontier!' Wealthy gasped, sinking back on the couch. Meet Millie Keith, a bright and energetic twelve-year-old living in the charming town of Lansdale, Ohio, in 1833. Her world is about to be turned upside down when her Pappa announces that he is moving the family west to an undeveloped town on the frontier. The eldest daughter of eight lively children, Millie must shoulder responsibility for her mischievous brothers and sisters on the perilous journey and learn to trust God for her uncertain future. Will her Christian faith sustain her as she leaves behind friendships and everything she has ever known? Recommended for ages 9-13.

    Milly and the Macy's Parade (Shana Corey) - Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child's experiences--laugh with them, learn with them, read with them! It's 1924 and the holidays are approaching. Milly lives in NYC with her Polish family and frolics daily in holiday displays at the Macy's store under the watchful eye of Mr. Macy. But Milly's family misses their homeland and traditions. In an effort to cheer people up, Milly convinces Mr. Macy to combine old country traditions with new American heritage in a celebration for all to enjoy. Everyone agrees that the resulting parade will become a wonderful new tradition. This heartwarming story beautifully captures the creation of a uniquely American event. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie (Judy Cox) - Silly Mrs. Millie is at it again! In the fall, she takes her kindergartners on a class trip to pick pumpkins for their harvest party. The class has fun guessing the meanings of their favorite teacher's nonsense words. They go on a dragon (wagon) ride, pet the boats (goats), and drink apple spider (cider). Coupled with hilarious artwork in pen, pencil, and colored dyes by Joe Mathieu, the lighthearted text sets a class trip on its ear, even as it teaches a subtle lesson in wordplay. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Silly Milly (Wendy Cheyette Lewison) - A Scholastic Reader Level 1 book with a great title, great game, and great illustrator! This delightful, rhyming easy reader is one big riddle. Miss Milly likes green but not red, butter but not bread, seeds but not flowers, and umbrellas but not showers. Readers are invited to guess why Miss Milly likes what she does. The answer? She likes double letters! Whacky illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott will make this an easy-to-read favorite! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Millie

    Famous People Named Millie

    Famous People Named Millie - Mildred "Millie" Jackson (singer/song-writer); Millie Perkins (actress); Mildred 'Millie' Kirkham (singer); Mildred "Millie" Deegan (baseball player); Millie Hughes-Fulford (astronaut); Milagros "Millie" Corretjer (Puerto Rican singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Millie

    Children of Famous People Named Millie

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

  • Historic Figures

    Millie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Millie

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Millie

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