Gender: Female Meaning of Oona: "lamb" Origin of Oona: Irish, variation of Una

Oona Origin and Meaning

The name Oona is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "lamb".

Oona is a name made famous by Eugene O'Neill's daughter, who became Charlie Chaplin's wife. One of the original Oona's granddaughters was named after her, and is now an actress famous in her own right for playing Talisa of Volantis in HBO's "Game of Thrones." The double-o beginning gives their name a lot of oomph.

In Irish legend, Una/Oona was a daughter of a king of Lochlainn. The name was very popular in Ireland in the Middle Ages, and is currently seeing a comeback--also spelled Oonagh.

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Pop Culture References for the name Oona

Onna, Oonagh, Ona, Oonie, Una, Onnie


Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


Hmm.... I prefer Una.

Phoebe Says:


I am from Tasmania where the town of Oonah is located. It means platypus in palawi kani the language of indigenous Tasmanians.

anniebrown01 Says:


This name is pretty, but its the name of the worst character in Bubble Guppies so...

Oonah V Joslin Says:


My name is Oonah. My parents left the 'g' out of the Irish name Oonagh.
Apart from me, the variant spelling seems to be unrecorded except as an town in Australia but as a writer and have high hope of getting my spelling of it out there. It's a nice name but I always have to spell it out.

Luísa Says:


Because in my country and language if you spell Oona everyone will pronounce "oh-nah"? I'm sorry, but I'm thinking about my specific situation here (besides, it's an honor name :D)

cj85 Says:


I never understand this. Why not say the name the way it's supposed to be said? I went to school with a girl named Siobhan who's parents pronounced her name NOT the way it's supposed to be pronounced, and I can't tell you how many times she had to correct teachers on the first day of school or substitute teachers or whenever she met a new person. Also it made her sound dumb. Why pronounce a traditional name the WRONG way? Just say Oo-na.

Catgirlmri Says:


I can't figure out if I like the way this name looks, but it's so fun to say! I know I like it a lot better than Una.

indiefendi2 Says:


this doesn't look like a name to me. more like an onomatopoeia.

Samsonite Says:


Calls to mind "Oompah Loompa." And although its background is Irish, sounds very Germanic to me. I think of a heavy set older German woman.

MonikerWanderer Says:


I'm sorry, but this name looks so gross. I've always hated Una and Uma, and this is an even worse name.

katinka Says:


Love the oomph of Oona!

autumnreverie Says:


After seeing an adorable girl on MasterChef Junior with the name I've liked it ever since.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I prefer Una-- not a fan of double o's.

Luísa Says:


LOVE this name, though I say it oh-nah.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I prefer the Una spelling 100%, but love the sound. :)

Zelliew Says:


It looks strange to me

Zuzana Says:


major crushing on Oona

Zuzana Says:


Oona..... Jeez, i've fallen in love with this name. Meaning : lamb, is so nice

vintageluvs Says:


Pretty and distinct. No one will ever forget Oona (at least where I'm from). Short and sweet, I think this is a beautiful name worth a second glance at. I think the double "O"s gives it a distinct look as well as showing pronunciation, which is my problem with Úna/Ùna. The "lamb" meaning is also adorable (I fawn over any name that means "lamb"). Also, on a side note (that is not to discredit this name), Oona feels ultra-feminine because when I see the double "O"s, I think of the Greek root "oo-", which means "egg" or "ovum", as in female reproductive eggs. Love this name, but not sure how many people know that. I'm guessing only the Biology majors. ;)

unicornluvgirl Says:


I used to dislike this name because of the OOH part that reminded me of monkey noises. But now I find it kind of sweet.

faithnamer Says:


I'm liking this. It's sounds cute and nickname-y, but a name that could carry into adulthood because it doesn't end in an 'ie'.