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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, American pianist
Ramona Lofton, American writer
Ramona Singer, cast member of "Real Housewives of NYC"
Ramona Fradon, American comic book artist
Ramona Marquez, British-Spanish child actress, know for her part as Karen in BBC's Outnumbered.
Ramona Parker, American rapper
Avril Ramona Lavigne, Canadian-French singer

Pop Culture References for the name Ramona

Ramona, the main character in the 1884 novel of the same name
Ramona Geraldine Quimby, children's book character created by Beverly Cleary
Ramona Flowers, a main character in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
"Ramona" song by Beck
The Ramona Flowers, band from the UK
Ramona Falls, band from the US
"To Ramona," Bob Dylan song
"Ramona," Ramones song
"I Heard Ramona Sing," Frank Black song
Ramona Waite, character in the game "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth"
Ramona Sarsgaard, daughter of actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
Ramona Isabel, daughter of "Green Day" drummer Tre Cool

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)