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Gender: F Meaning of Fiona: "white, fair" Origin of Fiona: Scottish Fiona's Popularity in 2013: #197

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Fiona entered the American consciousness with the opening of the 1954 Broadway musical Brigadoon, but didn't come onto the U.S. popularity list until 1990, and it's only in the last two years that it's entered the Top 300.

Fiona is the best known of a group of related Gaelic names, which is ironic because it's the only one without genuine traditional roots--it was found first in James Macpherson's Ossianic poems and then popularized in the late nineteenth century as a feminine pseudonym for a Scottish male writer. Its recent spike in popularity owes much to singer Fiona Apple and also possibly to Princess Fiona in Shrek.

In fact, there have been numerous Fionas on the big and small screens, from The Thorn Birds to Josie and the Pussycats, Four Weddings and a Funeral to Nurse Jackie to Shameless.

Jennie Garth and Chad Lowe have daughters named Fiona. It's also Julia Roberts' middle name.

If you're looking for something more authentic, consider Fionnuala.

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Famous People Named Fiona

Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, American musician
Fiona Victoria Gubelmann, American actress
Fiona Eve Facinelli (b. 2006), daughter of Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli
Fiona Luna (b. 2010), daughter of Diego Luna and Camila Sodi
Fiona Leigh Pudi (b. 2012), daughter of Danny Pudi
Fiona Hepler Lowe (b. 2012), daughter of Chad Lowe and Kim Painter

Pop Culture References for the Name Fiona

BabyFirst cartoon "Fred and Fiona"
Fiona Glenanne, character on TV show Burn Notice
Fiona, character in Lois Lowry's The Giver
Fiona Belli, main character of the game Haunting Ground
Fiona Phillips, main character on the show So Weird
Fiona, character from Roger Zelazny's Amber series
Fiona Lee, character in The Blurred Man by Anthony Horowitz
Fiona Gallagher in the Showtime series Shameless
Fiona Goode, character in"American Horror Story: Coven" played by Jessica Lange
Fiona, single parent of Marcus from the movie About a Boy
Fiona, Tommy's lover in the musical/movie Brigadoon
Fionna, character from Adventure Time
Fiona Bayar -- "The Seven Realms"
Princess Fiona- main character in "Shrek"
Fiona Peyton, one of Jackie's daughters on TV show Nurse Jackie

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