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.