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Gender: Female Pronunciation: i-oh-lah Meaning of Iola: "violet" Origin of Iola: Greek variation of Iole

The name Iola is a girl's name of Spanish, Greek origin meaning "violet". Iola and is often added to lists like Cool Baby Names That Start With I and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Iola is dated beyond redemption. Last heard from on Carol Burnett's Mama's Family show. How can Isla be so hot and Iola so not? That's the difference a letter, and an attractive young namesake star, can make.

To clarify Iola's pronunciation, it has three syllables, with the initial I pronounced like eye.

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Famous People Named Iola

Pop Culture References for the name Iola

Iola Morton, character from the Hardy Boys book series
Iola Leroy (1892), one of the first novels by an African-American woman – Frances Harper
Iola \YO-lah\ is used in Wales as a feminine form of Iolo (a pet form of Iorwerth)
Iola Stover, character in the musical Parade by Jason Robert Brown
Iola Black, character in the Harry Potter series
Iola Boylan, character on the sitcom Mama's Family
Iola, a temple priestess in Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher novels

Iolia, Iole, Iolee