Originated as a surname and place name. First associated with 17th century English poet John Milton, who is best-known for the epic poem "Paradise Lost." Comedian Milton Berle kept the name in front of the public during the late 1940s and 1950s, considered the "golden age of television.' Listed among the top 200 form 1880 to 1957. The name has declined in recent years. Preferred in Sweden.