Also used in Armenia, as Armenian name.
Name Milena sounds like the medical term MELENA. Sorry.
This sounds so soft and sweet! It's so stunningly pretty.
Milena Canonero, Dame Grand Cross (born 13 July 1949) is an Italian costume designer, who has worked for both film and stage productions. She has won four Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, and been nominated for the award nine times. Milena Canonero was awarded an Honorary Golden Bear during the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.
Milena Milani (1917–2013) was an Italian writer, journalist, and artist. In addition to literature, Milena Milani has also been actively involved in painting, working from 1946 to 1963 with Carlo Cardazzo at the Naviglio Gallery in Milan; has also been part of the artistic work since its foundation, with Lucio Fontana, and participated with works and writings on group exhibitions of this movement.
Milena Pavlović-Barili (5 November 1909 – 6 March 1945) was a Serbian painter and poet. She is the most notable female artist of Serbian modernism. She was born in Požarevac, and the house in which she was born is now a museum, Milena Pavlović-Barili Gallery, dedicated to her life.
Also Moldovan (you'll find numerous bearers on social media).
This name is also used in the (former Soviet) country of Georgia, where it is written as მილენა.

If you go to Facebook and perform a search using the keywords "Milena" + "Tbilisi" or simply "მილენა", you will be able to find Georgian bearers. Be sure not to search for just "Milena", because then you will be overwhelmed with bearers from other countries.
This name in Italy isn't very common. I very like the nickname Lena. When I think about this name I imagine a woman with short hair and a mysterious vibe. I think it's easy to pronounce this name.
Also Belarusian, spelled Мілена. You'll find numerous bearers on social media.
Also Ukrainian, spelled Мілена :
Also Armenian.
In 2017 were born 83 Milenas in Italy.
My sister's name is Milena, I love this name. I pronounce it like this: me-ley-na.
It's super pretty!
I'm also Milena, and have always had a love/hate relationship with my name, hated to be different as a child brought up in the North East of England, with a Slavic surname as well, I stood out and constantly had my name mispronounced. Love it though that I was named for my father, whom my mother left when I was 7 - I never saw him again but so proud of him - a Yugoslav partisan who came to the UK at the end of WW2, and because my husband loves my name, he thinks it is exotic and special - and it is. And a girl - lady now - born in Blyth, Northumberland, has this name, although no connection with me - has this name simply because she heard my mother calling me one day when she was pregnant. On balance, I'm blessed to have my name.
The name Milena was given to 405 girls born in the US in 2016.
Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.
The correct pronunciation of my name is mee leh nah.
My father had fond memories of Italy and named me after someone he had met there during WWII.
My name is Milena and I think it is a beautiful name. My cousin's name is Luidmila and my name actually came from hers! ❤❤.
Milena Kitic is a Serbian American operatic mezzo-soprano. She had finished her high school diploma at the Mokranjac Music School in Belgrade. Her first professor was Andjelka Obradovic.
Milena Toscano is a Brazilian actress and model. She played the lead role in the telenovela Araguaia. Born in Santo André, São Paulo, Milena Toscano started her career as a model when she was ten years-old, after she was hired by the Ford Models Agency. She performed in her first TV commercial when she was 13 years old. After attending many performing arts schools such as Studio Fátima Toledo, Casa de Artes de Laranjeiras and Escola Livre de Teatro, she was signed by Rede Globo. She debuted in the 2004 telenovela Começar de Novo, playing the character Sofia. Milena Toscano played Martina in SBT's remake of the Mexican telenovela Los Ricos También Lloran, named Los Ricos também Choram, which aired from 2005 to 2006. She also played a lead role in 2010, in the Rede Globo telenovela Araguaia, playing Manuela Martinez. She played the character Vanessa in the 2011 telenovela Fina Estampa. Milena Toscano played an abolitionist and feminist named Filipa do Amaral in the 2016 Escrava Mãe.
Also English and Dutch name.
Not only is this name pretty, but it has a nice meaning, too. I just can't decide if I like Milena or Milana more.
My husband is Spanish and I'm American, we just named our daughter Milena after looking for something not too common that would be easy to pronounce in Spanish and English. Unfortunately we have found that a lot of English speakers pronounce it Muh-le-nuh, which doesn't sound nearly as pretty as Mee-lay-na (as we call her). Her nickname is Millie and sometimes Mile (Mee-lay).
Milena is my name and is Old Spanish for small bird. My parents met in Argentina.
It is a very beautiful and unique name. Beautiful meaning. It is also my daughter's name and she gets a lot of complements about her name.
My name is Milena - I am Australian, and I recently found out that my name is ranked #4 in Armenia. Some of my nicknames are Milla and Mia, however there is also Nina or Nia or maybe Lena.
I pronounce it Mee -lee - nar. I am relatively sure it means 'dear' and 'favoured'.
I've heard that this name is also fairly popular in Armenia.
I've loved this name ever since I found it in a baby name book years ago, as a young name nerd. I'd love to call my daughter Milena, with the nickname Lena (though Mila like how Mila Kunis shortened her name is also stunning).
Very pretty name, but in America it's very likely that it would get pronounced "ma-lee-na", which isn't so pretty.
This name is originally a Slavic name only not Italian or Spanish, however in the 20th century a Czech actress became very popular in Italy and the name Milena spread.
Italian pronunciation:


The "I" in "Mi" is stressed to "EE." "Le" equals "Leyh," or otherwise near "Lay." For "Na," the "A" is always as in the "A" found in "Father." [noted -ed]
This name gains popularity in Russia these days.
It's a pretty name, but it sounds cold somehow. Like the name of a disaffected girl/woman. I don't know. Mila sounds friendlier, probably because Mila Kunis has always struck me as a nice person.
Not to brag but my name is Milena. I am eternally grateful for my parents for choosing this name because
1. I am partly Italian so they gave me an Italian name to honor my ancestry (I am proud of my ethnicity)
2. When they saw that I had super dark eyes they named me Milena (They had an etymology dictionary that said Milena was a form of Melanie which means "dark") It defines me.
3. They chose a unique and rare name (I know no other Milena except Mila Kunis (thank god they know her as Mila not Milena))
4. There is no diminutive (I like my full name.)
This name has nothing whatsoever to do with Melanie. Milena means loved/dear not dark and has completely different roots from Melanie.
To the comment above, you are SO lucky to have this name! You should brag! It is such a unique and BEAUTIFUL name. And "dark" is a beautiful meaning. This has been my favorite name for years and years. I like the nicknames Mimi and Lena! This is one of the most beautiful names in the whole world. I am most likely going to be naming my first daughter this.
Milena is also Croatian.
Pronunciation is mee-LEH-nah. I live in Croatia, where this name is also used, so I know it.
Author Milena Kořínková-Lukešová, sister of actor and director Ladislav Kořínek-Brom.
Milena Foltýnová, handball player from the Czechia (14th May 1950 - 24th December 1993).
Though many often skim over pronunciation, the correct is MEE-LAY-NUH.
Incorrect. That is probably how an Anglophone would pronounce the name. It's pronounced Me-le-nah.
Milena Jesenská, Franz Kafka's friend (mostly through letters).
It is such a beautiful name. If I could ever have the choice of changing my name - it would be to this.
A famous bearer is Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis - 14th August 1983 Kijev, Ukraina (Киев, Украина).
From what I've always heard, in Serbia, Milena is the feminine form of Milan, and means something like "beloved". I don't know if this is really true because, even though my father was Serbian, I grew up in Brazil.
It's also a Polish name. [noted -ed]
MILENA is also a Slovak name, meaning "loved one" or "sweetheart".
Milena Vukotic, Italian actress.
Milena Vukotic is Serbian in origin. Her father is from Montenegro of a once aristocratic Serbian family.
Milena originally comes from Russia, and comes from the name Ludmilla, which means "Loved by her people".
It's actually my name and I'm the only one in my family who likes my name (thank you Mom!). I like it because it's not a complicated name but yet, it's not a name you hear much except in Eastern Europe.
In Bulgaria "Milena" is the feminine form of "Milen". "Milan" only has the same root - "mil".
This is my friend's name. I think it sounds pretty and exotic!
One of the most popular Bulgarian names Milena is missing as Bulgarian. Cyrillic: Милена [noted -ed]
Can also be Spanish or Italian. Pronounced Mee-Leh-na.

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