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Gender: F Meaning of Ramona: "wise protector" Origin of Ramona: Spanish, feminine variation of Ramon

Ramona is a Sweet Spot name--neither too trendy nor too eccentric. Kids will associate it with the clever Ramona Quimby character in the series of books by Beverly Cleary, also seen on TV. It was chosen by starcouple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard for their little girl, who would be joined by sister Gloria.

Ramona came into prominence in the 1880's via the beautiful half Native American heroine of the best-selling eponymous romance novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, played on screen by Loretta Young. and others.

Trivia tidbit: Ramona is the middle name of singer Avril Lavigne.

Ramona was in the Top 1000 through the 1980's, but it reached its peak in 1928 at Number 117.

Famous People Named Ramona

Ramona Davies (born Estrild Raymona Myers), American singer and pianist
Ramona Lofton aka Sapphire, American novelist and poet
Comandanta Ramona, Mexican revolutionary commander
Ramona Singer, American reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of NYC")
Ramona Fradon, American comic book artist
Ramona Marquez, British-Spanish actress
Ramona Parker, American rapper
Ramona Badescu, Hungarian-French children's author
Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Romanian politician
Avril Ramona Lavigne, Canadian-French singer
Ramona Sarsgaard, daughter of actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
Ramona Isabel, daughter of "Green Day" drummer Tre Cool

Pop Culture References for the name Ramona

"Ramona," 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson and its main character
Ramona Geraldine Quimby, main character in novels by Beverly Cleary
Ramona Flowers, a main character in novel/film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"
Ramona Waite, character in the game "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth"
(Maria) Ramona Moreno Gonzaga, main character on Mexican telenovela "Ramona" (based on the novel)
Ramona Gibbler, Kimmy's daughter on TV's "Fuller House"
"Ramona," song by Beck
The Ramona Flowers, British rock band
Ramona Falls, American rock band
"To Ramona," song by Bob Dylan
"Ramona," song by the Ramones
"I Heard Ramona Sing," song by Frank Black

Ramina, Ramolina, Romonda, Ramonia, Romonde, Ramoena, Ramowna, Ramonna, Mona, Ramana

Ramona's International Variations

Raymondine, Raimonda, Ramonde, Raymonde (French) Ramonda, Raymonda (German) Romona (Slavic) Rimona (Israeli)