Milan (given name)

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PronunciationCzech: [ˈmɪlan]
Slovak: [ˈmilan]
Hungarian: [ˈmilaːn]
Serbo-Croatian: [mǐlan]
Language(s)Slavic, Latin
Name dayMay 19 (Hungary)

June 18 (Czech Republic)
November 13 (Croatia)

November 27 (Slovakia)
MeaningMil- (kind)
Region of originEastern Europe, Ancient Rome
Other names
Alternative spellingCyrillic: Милан
Variant form(s)Other versions
Related namesfemale form Milena
See alsoMiloš

Milan (Cyrillic: Милан) is a common Slavic male name and less commonly, a Roman name. It is derived from the Slavic element mil, with meanings kind, loving, and gracious. Milan was originally a diminutive or nickname for those whose Slavic names began with "Mil-". It is used predominantly by Czechs, Slovaks[1] and Serbs but also frequently in Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary.[2] It was in the top 5 names for boys born in Serbia in 2012. It was in the top 20 names for boys born in Slovakia in 2004. It was the eighth most popular name for boys born in the Netherlands in 2007, and seventh in Flanders in 2009.[3][4]

Eastern European origin and use[edit]

It originates from the Old Slavic word mil, variant: mio, i.e. "beloved", "pleasant", "dear" which is common at the beginning of many Slavic names. This is the same root in Serbian names like Miloslav, Milomir, Milica, Milka, Miloš, Milutin, Miodrag, Miomir etc. most of which were first recorded in Serbian sources already in the pre-Nemanjić Age.

According to the Czech calendar Milan's Day is on 18 June, Slovenian calendar: 11 September, 11 October, 12 November, Croatian calendar: 13 November, Slovak calendar: 27 November, Hungary: 19 May

Roman name[edit]

Milan is also a name used in Romance-speaking Europe owing to its Ancient Roman meaning of "eager and laborious".[5]

Other versions[edit]

Men's versions of the name: Milanek (diminutive), Miladin, Milad, Milanko, Milče, Milček, Milči, Milčo, Mile, Milen, Milenko, Miletus, Mili, Milivoj, Milibor, Milidrag, Miligoj, Milija, Milijan, Milinko, Milisav, Milivoj, Milivoje, Milk, Milivojko, Miljan, Miljenko, Miljutin, Milko, Milodrag, Milogoj, Miloje, Milojko, Miloljub, Milomir, Milorad, Miloslav, Miloš, Milovan, Milun, Milutin, Mišo
Female versions of the name: Milana, Milanka, Milena, Milica, Milijana, Miljanka, Milinka, Milislava, Milivoje, Milivojka, Mila, Miljana, Miljanka, Milka, Milojka, Milodraga, Milomirka, Milorad, Milosav, Milosavka, Miloslavka, Miloška, Milovana, Milovanka, Milunka

Family names derived from names[edit]

From the name of Milan and its variants a number of surnames were created. The most famous are: Milanović, Milanovac, Milanković, Milanić, Milač, Milavec, Miletić, Milić, Miljković, and others.

Notable bearers[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Behind the Name
  3. ^ Sociale Verzekeringsbank. (n.d.). Kindernamen top 20.
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  5. ^ "Shakira, Gerard Pique welcome baby boy". CNN.