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Ione

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Gender: Female Pronunciation: eye-OH-nee or ee-OH-nee Origin of Ione: Greek, a violet-colored stone

The name Ione is a girl's name of Greek origin. Ione and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Outlandish this-or-that [girls]".

From the experts:

This unusual Greek flower and color name has gained considerable recent attention via actress Ione Skye, who is the daughter of sixties folksinger Donovan.

Ione was one of the fifty sea nymphs--Nereids--in ancient Greek mythology.

Parents attracted to newer I-names like Isla might want to consider the distinctive Ione. The English pronunciation usually starts with the long I, while in the Latin languages such as Italian it starts with the long E sound.

Find other names based on Ione using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Ione

Ione Skye, American actress
Ione Jean Christensen, Canadian Senator
Ione Franklin (b. 1877), daughter of the artist James McNeill Whistler
Doris Ione Smith, birth name of Donna Douglas, American actress
Aeone Victoria Watson, British singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Ione

Ione Foster, character in 2011 film "Detention"
Ione, male character in TV series "Andromeda"
Also pronounced eye-OWN

Iyona, Ionia, Iyonna, Ione, Ionie, Ioney, Ioni

Comments

Daiseymae Says:

2017-02-20T17:14:50

A very pretty and feminine name.

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:

2016-05-30T17:30:03

I have a cousin named this, but they just pronounce it eye-own. Makes me wonder if my aunt actually knew how to pronounce this name, or just guessed...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2016-03-23T15:18:55

Even though I dislike Hermione, for some reason, I love Ione!

EW314 Says:

2016-01-26T16:06:01

A lovely, distinctive name. I like the "eye-OWE-nee" pronunciation best.

AriellaBar Says:

2015-10-27T02:06:29

A beautiful and unique name any way it's pronounced. I prefer the way that rhymes with Hermione, though.

Lola Says:

2015-10-26T23:55:08

My grandmother was named Ione and it she pronounced it EYE-own.
But she was Welsh, so it could go either way.

ashbee Says:

2015-09-01T21:23:22

Can it be pronounced EYE-oh-nee (rhymes with Hermione)?

eveyalecia Says:

2015-07-29T21:21:26

As others have said, this is pronounced eye-oh-nee.

oldgals Says:

2015-04-11T02:11:41

This is my sister's name. We pronounce it "eye-own-ee" which I think is much prettier than what the Nameberry site suggests (starting with an "ee" rather than "eye"). I'm pretty sure Ione Skye pronounces it "eye-own-ee" and wouldn't be surprised if Coco Rocha's new baby Ioni is pronounced that way too. It's not that different from the more common "Iona".

scblovesnames Says:

2015-04-10T12:02:15

I love this unique name, it's a middle name of a great great grandmother on my fathers side. It's so different that pronounciation is a bit difficult but I say it as I-oh-knee

headintheclouds Says:

2015-02-01T05:34:35

I love this name! It's probably not a viable name option when it comes to naming my future kids, as it sounds pretty bad in my native language. But I love it, from the meaning, its rich history and the image it evokes of a sophisticated beautiful woman, to the lovely pronunciation. Similar to Hermione, another name I really like but is also rather unusable (a main reason being the heavy Harry Potter association, as much as I love the series).

lankfordbm Says:

2015-01-29T02:19:16

This was my grandmother's middle name and I never understood why no one in my family used it when naming their children. I think it's a beautiful name and I plan to use it as a middle name.