Hearteye-OH-lah (Greek), YO-la (Welsh)
Greek or Welsh
"violet; beautiful lady"

Iola Origin and Meaning

The name Iola is a girl's name of Spanish, Greek origin meaning "violet; beautiful lady".

Isla is hot, Iona is cool – maybe it's time Iola got a second look? Last heard from on Carol Burnett's Mama's Family show, Iola feels like just the sort of uncommon, vowel-rich, vintage name that should be ripe for rediscovery.

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Iola in Pop Culture

  • Iola Mortoncharacter from the Hardy Boys book series
  • Iola Leroy (1892)one of the first novels by an African,American woman – Frances Harper
  • Iola \YOlah\ is used in Wales as a feminine form of Iolo (a pet form of Iorwerth)
  • Iola Stovercharacter in the musical Parade by Jason Robert Brown
  • Iola Blackcharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Iola Boylancharacter on the sitcom Mama's Family
  • Iolaa temple priestess in Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher novels

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