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Gender: Female Pronunciation: eye-own-uh Origin of Iona: Scottish place-name

The name Iona is a girl's name of Scottish origin. Iona and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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This name of a small island off the coast of Scotland is trending upwards along with other I names.

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Famous People Named Iona

Iona Margaret Balfour (Archibald) Opie, English folklorist
Iona Victoria Campagnolo, Canadian politician; 27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
(Elizabeth) Iona Brown, English violinist
Iona Wynter, Jamaican triathlete
Olivia Iona Louise Langdon, wife of American novelist Mark Twain
Iona Emmanuilovich Yakir, Russian male Red Army commander

Pop Culture References for the name Iona

Iona, character in film "Pretty in Pink"
Iona McNair, character in 'Sky Hawk' by Gill Lewis
Iona Payne aka Molly Dawes, character on TV's "Forever"
Iona MacLean, character on British TV series "Monarch of the Glen"
Iona, Shield of Emeria, angel in Zendikar, a Magic: The Gathering expansion set
Iona, a Fog Mental Model in manga/anime Arpeggio of Blue Steel
Hikawa Iona, character in anime HappinessCharge PreCure!
Iona, in Celtic lore, one of Earth's "thin places" where the veil with heaven is worn thin. A deeply spiritual spot, inhabited since prehistoric times & always deemed sacred - long before the coming of Christianity. A testimony to this is the island's name itself: Celtic *yewo "yew"
Iona Monastery, Ireland, birthplace of the Book of Kells
Iona College, New York, USA
Iona, also a Russian variation of Jonah


letmein Says:


Cute name! I like it!

Daiseymae Says:


I think this is a very pretty and feminine name.

Haids1987 Says:


I knew an Iona in school, but she was Indian and she said ee-WAH-nah.

EW314 Says:


I've only ever met one Iona - it's an unusual but lovely name. I do prefer Ione though - it's more mellifluous and has a more classical feel. I also like just Io, which is probably what I'd use as a nickname for either Iona or Ione.

Catastroffy Says:


This is such a beautiful name.

Zelliew Says:


I've met one Iona & she wears it well.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I knew a girl with this name who was teased by kids asking her what she owned but she still loved her name and didn't care what others thought because she had been named after her great-grandmother

Guest Says:


I so would use this name but I feel the "you own a what" punchline is just waiting to be used. sigh.

lesliemarion Says:


The most beautiful and sacred island and a wonderful name.