Gender: Female Meaning of Fiona: "white, fair" Origin of Fiona: Scottish Fiona's Popularity in 2019: #265

Fiona Origin and Meaning

The name Fiona is a girl's name of Gaelic, Scottish origin meaning "white, fair".

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.

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Rank in US: #265

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Pop Culture References for the name Fiona

Ffion, Fionn, Fee, Fyona, Fiora, Ffiona, Ffyona, Fionna, Fina, Fione


Rainbowspiggy Says:


This is my name and all the middle aged mothers in America always compliment me on it. What a change from growing up and always hearing the Shrek comments! I suspect this name will boom in America in the next decade... I can feel it brewing.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


My middle name. Queenie Fiona Guldbaek!!!

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.