Milo, meaning “merciful,” is a classic male dog name for dogs who are eager to please or shy. Find out more about dogs named Milo.


Name: Milo

Meaning: Merciful

Personality: Eager to Please, Shy

About This Name: A Jack Russell terrier named Milo (real name Max) made his acting debut in the blockbuster movie The Mask, playing the loyal sidekick of Jim Carrey. The character also showed up in a sequel, Son of the Mask. Actress Diane Lane named her pampered shih tzu/chihuahua mix Milo. People with the name include Milo Cawthorne (Ziggy in Power Rangers), Milo Aukerman (singer) and Milo Hamilton, the sportscaster who became famous for saying, “Holy Toledo! What a play!”

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