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A famous bearer of this name (in ex-Yugoslavian countries) is Milan Mladenovich from the rock band "Ekatarina Velika".
-- vmzupa  1/24/2006
Famous bearer: Milan Kundera, Frano-Czech novelist. His works include "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"; "The Joke"; and "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" among others.
-- tarynkay  1/29/2006
Another famous bearer: Milan Baros, a Czech football (soccer) player.
-- Anonymous User  6/28/2006
Milan is the German name for a raptor; milvus milvus in Latin or kite in English. There are red and black kites.
-- malia  10/11/2006
It was my father's name. This is why I was named Milena, because my name is the feminine form of my father's.
-- Milena  1/23/2007
Name is also prevalent in Macedonia (Macedonian).
-- kassander  5/22/2007
Milan Fras is a singer for Laibach, a musical group from Slovenia.
-- Anonymous User  6/2/2007
Milan strikes me as a female name. Maybe it's because all the Milans I know are girls.
-- bibi66  6/6/2007
Milan can never be a unisex name because its of male gender. A female version is Milena or Milana. The male version is never used for a girl unless you are a non-Slav and you don't know how our names work. To a foreigner it might sound as a girls name - I honestly don't see how - but to a Slav it never would. Anyway, a beautiful name in my opinion and its female counterpart.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2009
I would love to name a future son after my favorite city and football (soccer) team AC Milan. His full name would be Massimiliano though.
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2007
Milan can be a male name on the Indian sub-continent. In that instance it is pronounced to rhyme with Dylan.
-- Anonymous User  10/13/2007
Famous bearers:
Singer Milan Chladil
Actor Milan Lasica
Writer/Politician Milan Uhde
Actor Milan Bahul
-- Karcoolka  3/21/2008
Milan Hejduk is a Czech-born hockey player who plays right wing for the Colorado Avalanche.
-- khaosmite  4/23/2008
Milan is also a very common Indian name, used in many Indian states. The meaning of Milan in Hindi is unification or a meeting or a gathering of people.
-- neomilan  7/4/2008
Journalist Filip Kanda and Martha Elena Coutin Caicedo have a son Milan Felipe Kanda.
-- Emilie007  7/5/2008
I have been thinking about this name lately and whilst I'm not into geographical names I think this would be quite lovely on a girl. Pronounced Mill-ahn. There would be some nice nickname's too, Milly or Lahny.
-- miriam_grace  7/10/2008
Famous bearer: Lt. Col Milan Horký, character from the TV crime show "Mesto tieňov". He played by Ivan Romančík.
-- Emilie007  8/14/2008
Milan is a beautiful name, I believe it should be categorized as a UNISEX name because it's commonly used as a girl name, maybe more so than as a male name.
-- Anonymous User  8/28/2008
I like this name. It is very cool and interesting but I see it as a girl name not a boys.
-- Epiphany202  12/31/2008
Milan Lucic is a hockey player who currently plays left wing for the Boston Bruins.
-- lcgirl20  2/3/2009
It's a gorgeous name but please don't use it on a girl. That's not trendy, it's really against its Slavic origin which makes it sounds so ridiculous for anybody who has Slavic background or speaks a Slavic language!
-- JoannaC  4/29/2009
It is a male name. NOT A GIRL'S NAME. Name Milan sounds stupid to us Slavs when it's used for girls.
-- enchy  7/4/2009
Milan Stanković / Милан Станковић is a Serbian singer. He entered Eurovision 2010 and came 13th with his song "Ovo je Balkan" / "Ово је Балкан".
-- alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
I adore this name, correctly pronounced (MEE-lan), and I'd quite happily use it. It's lovely and masculine.
-- alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
This name sounds nice on a boy as long as he's of Slavic heritage. On a girl, Milan sounds ridiculous and strange. Mila or Milena would be better for a girl.
-- bananarama  12/23/2010
Reminds me of that quote from The Incredibles: 'Milan, darling, Milan'.
-- Hushpuppy  6/28/2011
It's a strictly boys name. Means literally "he who is dear" pronounced (me lahn).
Only in ignorant cultureless countries would it be used for any other gender.
-- Anonymous User  9/6/2011
Diminutive version of the name in Czech is "Milanek" and in Russian it would sound like "Milanchik".
-- milanek  2/21/2012
Milan Baroš is a Czech-born football player who currently plays for Galatasaray S.K. (Turkish football team).
-- Meg_Simpson  5/19/2012
Can be pronounced simply 'mil-an'. Rhyming with 'villain'.
-- Anonymous User  5/20/2012
I think the feminine name Milan which is used in the USA could come from the name of the Italian city Milan rather than the Slavic masculine name.
-- overtheclouds  1/13/2013
Shakira, the famous Colombian singer, named her first son Milan.
-- dreamgirl54  1/22/2013
I didn't know that Milan was like John or Joe on other continents. My 20 year old daughter Milan still gets lots of compliments on her name. The city is what she's named after. Always good to know how others move though.
-- Browne  6/4/2013
Milan is a girls name, and if you think its only for a boy you are mistaken!
Source: babynamespedia "The baby girl name Milan is also used as a boy name, though it is slightly more popular for girls. It is pronounced as Mih-LAAN or MIY-LaeN †. Milan is of Slavonic origin and it is used mainly in English. Milan is a form of the Czech, English, Indian, Italian, and Slavic Milana.

Milan is rather popular as a baby girl name, and it is also regarded as trendy. The name has been growing in popularity since the 2000s; prior to that, it was of only very modest use. Its usage peaked recently in 2011 with 0.024% of baby girls being named Milan. It was #608 in rank then. Among all girl names in its family, Milan was the most popular in 2011. Milan was thrice as popular as the next ranked name, Milana, in that year. Although Milan is today somewhat more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period from 1912 to 1958 when more boys were given the name. After 2009, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. "
-- Ruppert  6/13/2013
I think the "Popularity" stats on this very site show clearly that in every country other than the USA Milan is considered strictly a male name.
(If it truly is as popular as some claim, it might be a good idea to include Milan(2) as a female/unisex name of 'American' usage, probably inspired by the Italian city rather than anything else).
-- that one  7/11/2013
The name Milan was given to 150 baby boys born in the US in 2012. Why the heck are people giving this name to girls? It's not for the city, its of Slavic origin and meant for males and pronounced mee-LAHN.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Milan is a male name of South Slavic origin (Serbian (e.g. Milan I King of Serbia (1882–1889)), Croatian, Slovenian). Its meaning is 'dear, gracious, beloved'. At the beginning of the 20th century this name started to be used by Slovaks and Czechs (i.e. West Slavic nations who lived together with the above mentioned ones in the Austrian Empire). During the 20th century this name has almost replaced ancient Miloslav (which has the same meaning) in the Czechlands and Slovakia. Nowadays name Milan is wide-spread in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic (more than 2% of men are named Milan) and Slovakia. It has no connection with the Latin name Aemilius etc. (which is Emil in Slavic languages), the Scottish surname MacMillan or even Italian city Milan (which name is derived from its Latin name Mediolanum (which means 'in the middle of the plain')). Latin names with similar meaning are Amandus or Gratianus. Its only correct female form is Milana (or Milena). It is not only a custom, but it relates with the creation of words in Slavic languages. The female names have the extension 'a' (Milan - Milana, Miloslav - Miloslava, Jan - Jana …). Compare that with the formation of Latin names (Julius - Julia, Gaius - Gaia, Octavius - Octavia, …). The grammar of Slavic languages (as well as Latin) is complicated and very sensitive to genders, declension and conjugation (and it is performed just by extensions). That in the recent times the name Milan is used too for girls in the US, cannot change this fact (and for most Europeans it is not imaginable to name their baby after the city). Please, use only the correct female version for girls, i.e. Milana (and you can pronounce it as you want)! But the correct Slavic pronunciation is Mi-lan (Mi-la-na) with 'i' as 'i' in the word nick and 'a' as 'u' in the word bus, i.e. all syllables shortly.

According to the Czech law:
It is not permitted to register a name maimed, diminutive or homely;
It is not permitted to register a male name as female, and vice versa;
It is not permitted to register an impersonal name (ie representing things, days, cities, etc.) or a name that is used as a surname;
You can select only a name documented, existing, and therefore it is not permitted to invent a new name.
Name Milan is on the official list mentioned as a male name and therefore it is impossible to give this name to a girl in the Czech Republic. Any such attempt would be rejected by the register office.

In Czech language, no name can be unisex. Each name has to be either feminine or masculine. It is necessary for its declension. Name Milan is declined according to the masculine pattern 'pan' (master). There is no feminine pattern according to this noun could be declined. Using the name without declension (i.e. always in it's the 1st case) is problematic and in some situations it can completely change the meaning of a sentence in Czech language. As there is apparent from the comments, it is for all people from the countries of its origin as obvious as ‘at day is light and at night is dark’.
I do not want to controvert about advantages/disadvantages or risks of possibility to give the names absolutely freely in the US. But I think, if you decide to give to your child the existing name, you should respect its origin. I.e., if this name is used in the Slavic meaning 'dear/beloved/gracious person' than you must respect its gender. Using this name after Italian city in the meaning 'a town in the middle of the plain' seems to me absolutely crazy.

But if you think that my arguments are not strong enough to convince you that Milan is a male name (regardless that in the US it has begun to be given to girls in recent years). So I could accept such a definition:
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. Name of the city is derived from its Latin name Mediolanum which means 'in the middle of the plain'.
In the US, Milan is a recently invented unisex name mostly inspired by the city of Milan. In Europe, its using as a female name is unacceptable or even prohibited.
In Europe, Milan is a strictly male name of South Slavic origin. Its meaning is 'dear, gracious, beloved'. Milan is a traditional and wide-spread name in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czechlands and Slovakia (at least half million men are so named in these countries). Its only correct female form is Milana or Milena.


And to ensure completeness, I present more the use of the name Milan (however inspiring to use Milan for boys):

In French and German, Milan is a name of the medium-large birds of prey in the hawk family:
Milan royal (French), Roter Milan (German), Red Kite (English), Milvus milvus (Latin), Luňák červený (Czech).
Milan noir (French), Schwarzer Milan (German), Black Kite (English), Milvus migrans (Latin), Luňák hnědý (Czech).

Milan is a French and German missile. Its name is an acronym of the French 'Missile léger antichar' (Light Anti-Tank Missile) and is inspired by the raptor 'Milan' (Kite).
-- Milan.cz  8/5/2013
This should be listed as a Slovak name, too. Milan is on their calendar of name days, is the name of historical Slovak figures, and is one of the most popular names for Slovak men. [noted -ed]
Also, "Milanko" is a diminutive form.

(I am Slovak; this is my father's name).
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2014

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