Where did the baby name Milian come from in 2004?

Christina Milian's album "It's About Time" (2004).
Christina Milian album

The rare name Milian first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 2004:

  • 2006: unlisted
  • 2005: unlisted
  • 2004: 6 baby girls named Milian [debut]
  • 2003: unlisted
  • 2002: unlisted

What put it there?

Cuban-American singer Christina Milian (pronounced mih-lee-AHN).

She’d released several successful singles earlier in the 2000s, but 2004 was the year her biggest hit, “Dip It Low,” was released. The song peaked at #5 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in August of 2004. It was nominated for a Grammy the following year.

Christina’s birth name was Christine Marie Flores; “Milian” is her mother’s maiden name. She told BuzzFeed that the surname change gave her career a boost:

[I]t actually worked out better for my career to have the last name Milian, because Flores kept me in a little box, and no one really associated me with the last name Flores. So Milian really opened things up for me. It’s weird what a last name will do. I changed it to Milian and next thing you know I was working, and getting auditions and stuff, and it was crazy.

The Spanish surname Milián can be traced back to the Latin personal name Aemilianus, which — like the modern names Emily, Emil, Emilio, and Emilia — ultimately comes from the Latin word aemulus, meaning “rival.”

What are your thoughts on the baby name Milian?


[Latest update: June 2022]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.