Gender: Female Meaning of Ramona: "wise protector" Origin of Ramona: Spanish, feminine variation of Ramon Ramona's Popularity in 2019: #818

Ramona Origin and Meaning

The name Ramona is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "wise protector".

Ramona is a Sweet Spot name--neither too trendy nor too eccentric. Kids will associate it with the clever Ramona Quimby character in the series of books by Beverly Cleary, also seen on TV. It was chosen by starcouple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard for their little girl, who would be joined by sister Gloria.

Ramona came into prominence in the 1880's via the beautiful half Native American heroine of the best-selling eponymous romance novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, played on screen by Loretta Young. and others.

Trivia tidbit: Ramona is the middle name of singer Avril Lavigne.

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Rank in US: #818

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Famous People Named Ramona

Pop Culture References for the name Ramona

Ramina, Ramolina, Romonda, Ramonia, Romonde, Ramoena, Ramowna, Ramonna, Mona, Ramana

Ramona's International Variations

Raymondine, Raimonda, Ramonde, Raymonde (French) Ramonda, Raymonda (German) Romona (Slavic) Rimona (Israeli)


EvaThyssen Says:


You should stop to trying to make a point. Don't be so sensitive. It's just a name! LOL

EvaThyssen Says:


Why so b.utthurt? Relax!

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Stop trying to make a point on this.

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EvaThyssen Says:


Who said otherwise?
P.S. turn Caps lock off

RoseGoldHeart Says:



RoseGoldHeart Says:


Me Too!

minho Says:


LOL my names ramona xD

katinka Says:


Love the idea of Romy as a nickname! And I actually quite like Mona too.

katinka Says:


This sweet, sassy name has really grown on me recently. To me, it is neither "old lady" nor trashy - the first Ramona who springs to mind is the child actress who plays Karen in "Outnumbered". Cute! I really like the meaning too.

headintheclouds Says:


Objectively, Ramona's a great "sweet spot" name, as Nameberry's description says. One of the nice vintage names that is not too popular, but not unknown either. But I personally can't bring myself to like Ramona- it's because of the nickname Mona, and the big poofy-hair, bubblegum-snapping waitress, drive-in diners '70s association/feel. The 100 years' rule definitely applies to me, where names from my grandmother's generation sounds fresh and appealing to me, but those from my mother's generation just don't.

ashbee Says:


I love the book association. I grew up with spunky, gutsy Ramona Geraldine Quimby. NN Romy is pretty.

Zelliew Says:


I quite like Ramona - It has style

scblovesnames Says:


My great-Grandmother name

EvaThyssen Says:


Ramona is considered a clunky old lady name in Chile (I live in Chile).
My 58-years-old aunt was almost named Ramona. She hates that name. Happily, she got a sweet sounding name, a real gem.

Daphodil Says:


I quite disagree with you. I love how Ramona sounds in Spanish, and we speak the Chilean Spanish variation. To each their own.

EvaThyssen Says:


This name sounds awful with Spanish (any variant: from Spain, Chilean, Argentinian, Peruvian, Colombian...) pronounciation. That's why I don't like it; I'm a native Spanish (Chilean accent) speaker. Here in Chile, Ramona is a clunky, hard, old lady name.

kitchi1 Says:


I don't think so. I used to associate it with the book series when I was little, but then I grew up. It's been a while since I've read it; that's probably why. I think of "The Ramones" or Ramona from "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World", lol.

hazysummerskies Says:


I just hear the word "moan" when I say this name. It sounds unpleasant.

CocoWhite Says:


True, I do tend to think of the books before anything else. But I definitley think Ramona Quimby has been a big help in keeping this name from sounding too grandma-ish.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary. That's the title of the first book. But there are several more featuring th those characters.

mckaylalove Says:


What book series?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I kind of like it but it would be frequently associated with the book series.

Merryberry Says:


I can't get beyond the the sisters I knew. Agatha and Mona. The name immediately brings an image of someone moaning in agony. It isn't the worst namethough

lillian85 Says:


I really like this name as a way to get the nn "Romy" (Rosemary is my favorite herb). I think Nameberry hits the nail on the head when they say a "sweet spot" name.

Sweekune Says:


With it's manga and video game appeal, i quite like Ramona!