Gender: Female Pronunciation: eye-OH-lah (Greek), YO-la (Welsh) Meaning of Iola: "violet; beautiful lady" Origin of Iola: Greek or Welsh

Iola Origin and Meaning

The name Iola is a girl's name of Spanish, Greek origin meaning "violet; beautiful lady".

Isla is hot, Iona is cool – maybe it's time Iola got a second look? Last heard from on Carol Burnett's Mama's Family show, Iola feels like just the sort of uncommon, vowel-rich, vintage name that should be ripe for rediscovery.

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Pop Culture References for the name Iola

Iolia, Iole, Iolee


ivy194 Says:


Rude description. Lovely name.

LeiAriel Says:


I like both names. I think Iola sounds pretty and makes a wonderful choice for someone looking for a more unique name. I hate most of the made up names that people are starting to use.

LeiAriel Says:


I agree Prudence. I think it's unprofessional too. Why not just provide information on names instead of trying to influence like or dislike for a name.

iola reneau Says:


Well that was a brutal name happens to be ..iola..and yes it is a family name passed on to me but I have had many people comment that it is a beautiful name.

Blinkonekatietwo Says:


I had a great aunt named Iola and love the name's meaning. I don't think it's dated beyond redemption at all.

LilRedCorvette022 Says:


I don't agree with the description either. Iola is very pretty, it means violet, and a solid I name which is rare.

MaryKathryn Says:


Maybe consider sarcasm...?

PrudenceA Says:


Dated beyond redemption??? A bit too much personal opinion in the description, how unprofessional for 'naming experts'. I think Iola is pretty and very useable.

iipostmvh Says:


I don't agree with the description. Of course it's dated, so are thousands of other names being used today. But I don't agree that it's dated beyond redemption. To me it's very similar to Violet, Viola, Isla, Ayla. I wouldn't choose it, but I think it fits in with current trends, yet is uncommon and it is a beautiful name.

mill1020 Says:


I'm starting to really like this one. I used to watch "Mama's Family" as a kid and thought it was a ridiculous show even then, but the name is similar to another fave of mine (Viola) and I like vowel names for girls...

Floris Says:


I like Iola and hate Isla. I really don't agree with this name description. To me this name actually sounds fresh, new and it's still a "real" name!

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I don't think it's dated at all! Really beautiful.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I like it! I wouldn't use it though

PeachyOwl Says:


This description is very rude, I think it's a more unique alternative to Isla!

Melrose Says:


It sounds like it would be good on a little girl but on a young woman... idk.

jan11th Says:


Reminds me of Ebola :/

Netta5187 Says:


Definitely not dated. It's rather lovely and feminine sounding. And it's rare, so that's a plus!

emsky Says:


especially with Viola creeping up...

emsky Says:


dated beyond redemption?? that's harsh. I love it!