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Gender: Female Meaning of Winona: "firstborn daughter" Origin of Winona: Sioux Indian

The name Winona is a girl's name of Sioux origin meaning "firstborn daughter". Winona and is often added to lists like Names That Mean New Beginnings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

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Rode two rockets to fame, with actress Winona Ryder and singer Wynonna Judd.

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Famous People Named Winona

Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz), American actress
Winona LaDuke, American Indian activist
Winona Oak, Swedish singer-songwriter
Winona Sammon, birth name of Peggy Shannon, American actress
Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer, American hula dancer

Pop Culture References for the name Winona

Winona or Wenonah, legendary Dakota Sioux girl said to have leaped to her death from Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, USA
Winona Hawkins, character on TV's "Justified"
Winona Kirk, mother of Captain James Kirk in the Star Trek series
Winona, character on an episode of TV's "Seinfeld"
Winona, flying-type gym leader in the Pokemon games and anime
"She's My Winona," a song by Fall Out Boy
Winona, Minnesota, USA
Winona Meadows, character in the Addicted Series
Wynonna Earp, title character in TV show Wynonna Earp

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Miriam2468 Says:


I like it! I like how it's sorta cutesy, but not in a bad way. However, I wouldn't want the nickname Winnie or Nona.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Love it

Blinkonekatietwo Says:


Yes, I agree! When I think of this name, I feel a distinct southern vibe which I really like. I also love how uncommon it is.

EW314 Says:


Unusual and so pretty, though I'm not a fan of Winnie personally. I love the idea of Nona as a nickname though!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Gourgeous! But If I had to pick a nickname, I prefer Nona to Winnie.

lynn_wentworth Says:


I absolutely adore this name. Definitely on my list. It sounds so classic and elegant, but has the fun-childhood nickname Winnie!

Lilosh262 Says:


I love this name, it's really distinct and has a kind of southern charm to it, although idk if anyone feels that. Winnie really does make anything better, and so that's a plus. Thinking about Winona Mae...

Raffle Says:


I love this name and would definitely considering using it for DD number 1. Struggling to find a middle name thoughWinona Lily and Winona Rosette are so far in the lead

madmaddie Says:


I like it, and there's the possibility of the nn Winnie which makes anything better.