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Gender: Female Meaning of Fiona: "white, fair" Origin of Fiona: Scottish Fiona's Popularity in 2017: #181

The name Fiona is a girl's name of Gaelic, Scottish origin meaning "white, fair". Fiona is ranked #181 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

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.

Find other names based on Fiona using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Fiona

Fiona Apple (McAfee Maggart), American singer-songwriter
Fiona Mary Shaw, Irish actress
Fiona Victoria Gubelmann, American actress
Fiona May Iapichino, Italian Olympic long jumper
Fiona Sit, Hong Kong pop singer
Fiona Nash, Australian politician
Fiona Rae, British painter
Fiona Dourif, American actress
Fiona Xie, Singaporean actress and TV presenter
Fiona O'Carroll, Irish actress
Fiona Elizabeth Bruce, British TV journalist
Fiona Eve Facinelli (b. 2006), daughter of actors Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli
Fiona Luna (b. 2010), daughter of actors Diego Luna and Camila Sodi
Fiona Leigh Pudi (b. 2012), daughter of actor Danny Pudi
Fiona Hepler Lowe (b. 2012), daughter of actors Chad Lowe and Kim Painter

Pop Culture References for the name Fiona

Princess Fiona, character in the "Shrek" series
Fiona Celestine Arabella Coyne, character on "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
"Fred and Fiona," animated series
Fiona "Fi" Glenanne, character on TV's "Burn Notice"
Fiona, character in Lois Lowry's The Giver
Fiona Belli, main character of the game Haunting Ground
Fiona Phillips, main character on TV's "So Weird"
Fiona, character from Roger Zelazny's Amber series
Fiona Lee, character in The Blurred Man by Anthony Horowitz
Fiona Gallagher, main character on TV's "Shameless"
Fiona Goode, character in"American Horror Story: Coven"
Fiona Peyton, daughter on TV's "Nurse Jackie"
Fiona "Fee" Cleary, character in The Thorne Birds
Fiona Waters, character in "From The Files of Madison Finn"
Fiona Frauenfeld, character from the "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series
Fiona McIrish, character from the "Sims" series
Fiona Widdershins, character in A Series of Unfotunate Events: The Grim Grotto
Fiona, "The Black Fairy" on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
Fiona Maye, High Court judge in the "The Children Act"

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mandyjoy94 Says:


Considering Fiona Kate Alexander.

Alana_ Says:


That’s what brought me here!

Victoria Says:


we get it kid

alextheindigo Says:


I personally don't like it but I think the Shrek stuff is starting to die out a little

NameLover 11 Says:


I am starting to love this name!!

Daiseymae Says:


Or that song called Scotty Doesn't Know fron Eurotrip.

1+2=5 Says:


if you do please don't mention shrek. It has pissed me off my entire life. (im a fiona)

1+2=5 Says:


ive only gotten shit about Shrek my entire life

1+2=5 Says:


my name is fiona and ive only gotten shit about Shrek my entire life.

Lizzy Lou Says:


It's def more popular in England than in Florida.

indiefendi2 Says:


Fiona Gallagher of Shameless (US) perfectly sums up the name's image to me--for better or worse!

jaz.fortune Says:


We actually decided on Ophelia! Kinda close to Fiona! Maybe next baby :)

SilverSky109 Says:


Good point! Congrats on your Fiona, she sounds beautiful :)

jaz.fortune Says:


I took the meaning as like Pure/ fair as the title like fair maiden. I also read It is also a white flower which symbolizes purity. My baby is mixed (black, white, Caribbean and Filipino) and we used it! I think this name looks good on any race! It shouldn't matter :) A name is a name

jaz.fortune Says:


I like this name. Would it be wrong to name a mixed child a name meaning white? My husband isn't keen on the meaning for us. I took it as Pure.. not the color white.

Edit- we are using it! Yay

shelbynh Says:


Beautiful name! I've never met a Fiona.

SilverSky109 Says:


This is my favorite name! I think I first heard it on my favorite show as a kid, called So Weird on Disney channel. Ever since then I've been in love with the name. It's got a unique yet classic feel, easy to spell and pronounce. I just wish its meaning wasn't "white, fair" because my kids probably won't be white :/. Still hope to use it though!

EW314 Says:


This is what I think of it too.

Objectively, it's a lovely name, but every time I see people considering/recommending it on the forums I just can't see it working for a baby. I'm early 20's and lots of my schoolfriends' mums (including DH's) are called Fiona. I feel the same way about Colin, Graham and Ian, which lots of Berries rave about but which seem like SUCH middle-aged men names to me!

On the flipside, I often read that names like Florence, Beatrice and Miriam are "old lady" names, but I only know young people with these names, and the first two are really popular over here, and have been for years. Funny how different our perceptions of names are in different countries!

Zelliew Says:


I'm from Australia & I've never actually met a Fiona either but I've always found it a pretty name

GoTlander Says:


I've never met a Fiona in my life. I live in Florida. Wish we had more. :)

Fifi willy Says:


I love my name it is AWESOME.🐶

fiona_ Says:


I never liked my name that much, but I always get a ton of compliments on it. Some people hear it and act like its the most unique name ever and others are familiar with it

ViennaLoveday Says:


This is a very nice name, but it sounds dated to me. Here in England, it peaked in the 1960s and has been falling ever since.

Fiona Says:


My name is Fiona and I love it because it makes me feel perfectly unike.

Wyndre Says:


I have always loved this name. Brigadoon was one of my favorites growing up. I now have a beautiful daughter with this wonderful name. I'm glad it isn't in the top 100. I would really like it to stay unique for as long as possible.

mabespark Says:


This is so unique, timeless and gorgeous. Crushing on it.

Chicmommy Says:


This was the name I wanted, but husband said it reminded him of shrek.

chellemma1 Says:


This is a beautiful and classic name, if I didn't know so many Fionas I'd definitely consider using it.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I like this name very much.