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Gender: Female Origin of Ilona: Hungarian variation of Helen Meaning of Helen: Greek, "bright, shining light"

The name Ilona is a girl's name of Hungarian origin. Ilona and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

Ilona has never been used much in the U.S. and is not a likely candidate for success.

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Famous People Named Ilona

Ilona Andrews, American fantasy novelist
Ilona Massey, Hungarian-American actress
Ilona Zrinyi, Croatian-Hungarian countess and national heroine
Ilona Mitrecey, French singer
Ilona Staller aka Cicciolina, Hungarian-Italian adult film actress
Ilona Otto, German voice actress
Ilona Kalyuvna Korstin, Russian basketball player
Ilona Kabos, Hungarian pianist and teacher
Ilona Csáková, Czech pop singer
Ilona Kovács, birth name of Lucy Doraine, Hungarian silent film actress

Pop Culture References for the name Ilona

'Ilona,' novel by Hans Haube
Ilona Ritter, sensuous store clerk in popular Broadway musical, "She Loves Me"

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BrigitKelly Says:


I think this name is stunning. If I didn't love my own name so much, this is the one I would want!

saoirse123 Says:


I don't see why this name couldn't have success in the US. It's easy to pronounce and just unusual enough.

JustBrowsing Says:


I met an Ilona last year - beautiful dancer with a lovely (and rare) name.