Take the popular Lily and add an M. Mix in our affection for names like Hattie and Sadie, and it is easy to imagine Millie catching on.
It’s already happened in the UK. In the US, Millie re-entered the US Top 1000 as an independent name in 2009, and has climbed to #505 in the last few years.
But does Millie require a formal name? And if so, which formal names for Millie are the most wearable?
Read on for some possibilities!
Formal Names for Millie: Most Popular
Amelia – As nickname potential goes, Amelia rivals even Elizabeth and Katherine. There’s Mia and Amy and Mila, too. And why not Millie? Along the same lines, Millie could be short for Amelie or Emilia, or even Emily. Amelia ranked #15 in 2014.
Camila, Camilla, Camille – There are other ends-in-mil names, but not all are English language-friendly. Ludmilla seems a bit clunky for an American playground. Camille and Camilla and Camila, on the other hand, have literary and mythological roots, as well as a stylish sound. If the sweetly vintage Millie doesn’t suit, boyish Cam is also available. Camila ranked #41 in the US in 2014.
Formal Names for Millie: Farther Up the Charts
Emmeline – The spelling isn’t exactly there, but the sounds suggests that Millie would work as a short form. Emmeline returned to the US Top 1000 for the first time in recent years in 2014, ranking #907. Emmalyn ranked #464 and Emmalynn ranked #770.
Matilda – The obvious short forms are Mattie and Tillie, but Millie follows logically, too. Given all of the girls answering to Maddie, going a different route makes sense. Matilda ranked #582 in 2014.
Melissa – Eager to pass on Melissa to honor a sister or a friend, but reluctant to duplicate names? Millie could work as an unexpected nickname – if a completely unexpected one. It’s definitely more modern than Missy.
Milagros – One of the titles of the Virgin Mary in Spanish is Our Lady of Miracles – Milagros. The first syllable makes Millie a natural nickname, though I’m not sure how Millie would be perceived as a name amongst Spanish speakers today.
Milan – Looking for a place name possibility that’s less common than London? How about Milan, as in the Italian fashion capital. It’s also a masculine name, from the Slavic word for dear. Shakira’s son wears the name. Milan ranked #410 for boys and #667 for girls in 2014.
Milana, Milania – Ready for two more names that currently rank in the 700s in the US? Milana and Milania are both gaining in use. Milania could come from the same root as Milan, or it might be yet another spin on Melanie/Melania/Milena. Milana has a similar story.
Milena – A cousin to the very popular Mila, Milena sounds like an elaboration, but has a history of independent use. Similar names are used in Czech, Serbian, and Bulgarian. Milena ranked #797 in 2014.
Yamilet, Yamileth – In Latin America, the Arabic Jamila – beautiful – became Yamliet and Yamileth. If you’re after a Spanish language name that is familiar in the US and shortens to something that feels conventionally English, this would be a quirky and unexpected possibility. Yamileth ranked #792 in 2014.
Formal Names for Millie: Rarities
Melisande – The medieval Melisande is a big name for a small child, but Millie makes her quite wearable.
Marilla – Any Anne of Green Gables fans? Marilla could come from the botanical Amaryllis – possibly another long shot way to get to Millie. It can also be a form of the classic Mary.
Mildred, Mildrid – I know. Mildred seems impossibly fusty. But take a peek at this nursery tour from Ohdeedoh. With parents named Vlad and Jurgita, it is a safe bet that they didn’t feel confined to the US Top 100 when choosing a name. But Mildrid is quite the risk, and I’m surprised at how well she holds up.
Milla – If Mila rhymes with Selah, then Milla rhymes with Willa – or does it? There’s room for debate on this one, but Milla is the simplest way to transform Millie into a more traditional name.
Miller – Considering passing down this family surname to a daughter, but fret that she’ll be teased forevermore? Millie softens up Miller, or any other surname with the syllable Mil.
Millicent – There’s something sweet and lady-like about Millicent, a name that conjures up images of little girls in spotless white pinafores. Millie energizes the name. While it’s too soon to say that Millicent is back, the name was recently spotted in a stylish NYC suburb, and the numbers suggest that Millicent could be a successor to Abigail and Charlotte.
Pomeline – Like Emmeline, the sound is there, even if the letters don’t quite line up.
Wilhelmina – A regal, Germanic feminine form of the evergreen William, Wilhelmina screams to be shortened. If Billie feels too boyish and Minnie too mouse, why not Millie?
What do you think of Millie? If you’re in the US, is this name still too grandma to consider? If you’re elsewhere in the English-speaking world, is Millie too popular? Which longer forms would you consider, or does Millie stand on her own?