[ 3 syll. mi-le-na, mil-ena ] The baby girl name Milena is pronounced as Miy-LAA-Naa- or Miy-LEH-Naa- †. Milena has its origins in the Slavonic language. It is used largely in Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Czech, English, German, Italian, Slavic, and Spanish. The name is derived as a short form of other names with the element mil (meaning 'favor, grace'). In Italy, the name is taken as a combination of Maria and Elena. The name was popularized in Italy by Elena of Montenegro (1873-1952), who married King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy in 1896.
In addition, Milena is a form (Greek, Hebrew, and Russian) of the English and German Ludmilla.
Milena is the feminine version of the Czech, Indian, Slavic, Spanish, Russian, English, and Polish Milan.
Forms used in foreign languages include the Czech Milada, the Czech Milana, the Slavic Mileva, the Czech Mlada, and the Czech Mladena. Specific foreign variants include the familiar forms Milanka (Czech), Miládka (Czech), Milenka (Czech, Russian, and Slavic), Milka (Czech), Miluse (Czech), Miluska (Czech), Mladka (Czech), and Mladuska (Czech).
Milena is somewhat popular as a baby girl name, and it is also regarded as rather trendy. The name has been growing in popularity since the 2010s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. Its usage peaked modestly in 2016 with 0.021% of baby girls being named Milena. It was #704 in rank then. In 2018, it ranked at #804 with a usage of 0.018%. Among the family of girl names directly related to Milena, Elena was the most frequently used. It was 11 times more commonly used than Milena in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Milena include Milana, Maiolayne, Malana, Malena, Malin, Malina, Maline, Malinee, Maliney, Malini, Malinie, Maliny, Maloney, Malonie, Malony, Malounai, Malyni, Mei-Lien, Meilani, and Melainey.
† Pronunciation for Milena: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)"