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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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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.

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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" played by Jessica Lange
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 Ian McEwan's novel "The Children Act", played by Emma Thompson in the movie of the same name

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