Milo Meaning and Origin

The name Milo is a boy’s name meaning “gracious or yew” and is of unknown origin. It is believed by some sources that Milo is an Old Germanic name, brought to Britain by the Normans originally as the name Miles in the 11th century. It wasn’t however until the 18th century that Milo came into use. Alternatively, Milo may be from the Slavic element mil “gracious, beloved” derived from names such as Milomir, Miloslav, and Ludmila. The name can also be traced back to ancient Greek mythology, where “Milo” was a famous athlete who won several Olympic games. Milo was also used as the Latin form of the Ancient Greek name Milon, derived from milos “yew”. In recent times, the name Milo has become increasingly popular, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has been used for several famous people, including the actor Milo Ventimiglia and the musician Milo Greene.

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