Spanish, feminine variation of Ramon
"wise protector"

Ramona Origin and Meaning

The name Ramona is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "wise protector".

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 1880s 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, as well as the first name of the actress who plays the adorable little girl in the British sitcom Outnumbered.

# 795 in the US

Ramona Rank in US Top 1000

# 277 on Nameberry

Ramona Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ramona Popularity

Famous People Named Ramona

  • Ramona Davies (born Estrild Raymona Myers)American singer and pianist
  • Ramona Lofton aka SapphireAmerican novelist and poet
  • Comandanta RamonaMexican revolutionary commander
  • Ramona SingerAmerican reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of NYC")
  • Ramona FradonAmerican comic book artist
  • Ramona MarquezBritish,Spanish actress
  • Ramona Parker aka Ms. MelodieAmerican rapper
  • Ramona BadescuHungarian,French children's author
  • Ramona Nicole MănescuRomanian politician
  • Ramona Mallory LambertAmerican actress; daughter of actor Mark Lambert
  • Ramona Francesca Versace (b. 1982)daughter of designer Santo Versace
  • Ramona Isabel Wright (b. 1995)daughter of Green Day drummer Tre Cool
  • Ramona Sarsgaard (b. 2006)daughter of actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard

Ramona in Pop Culture

  • "Ramona" 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson and its main character.
  • Ramona Geraldine Quimbymain character in novels by Beverly Cleary.
  • Ramona Victoria Flowersa main character in novel/film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World".
  • Ramona Waitecharacter in the game "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth".
  • (Maria) Ramona Moreno Gonzagamain character on Mexican telenovela "Ramona" (based on the novel).
  • Ramona Ramirezcharacter on British TV series "Cold Feet".
  • Ramona GibblerKimmy's daughter on TV's "Fuller House".
  • Ramona Ortegacharacter in Pam Munoz Ryan's "Esperanza Rising".
  • "Ramona" song by Beck.
  • "To Ramona" song by Bob Dylan.
  • "Ramona" song by the Ramones.
  • "I Heard Ramona Sing" song by Frank Black.
  • The Ramona FlowersBritish rock band
  • Ramona FallsAmerican rock band.
  • "Ramona" song by Cody Simpson & The Tide.
  • Ramona Badwolfcharacter in "Ever After High".
  • Ramona Vegacharacter portrayed by Jennifer Lopez in the 2019 Film "Hustlers"