Name Iona Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Iona


Iona is a ♀ girl’s name and a ♂ boy’s name. Iona thus belongs to the gender-neutral unisex names.

What is the origin of the name Iona?

The girl’s name Iona derived from a name of a Scottish island. The boy’s name is a Russian variant of the biblical name Jonah.

What does the name Iona mean?

The boy’s name Iona means “dove” (from Hebrew “yoná/יוֹנָה”) and originally derived from the ancient Greek word “oiōnós/οἰωνός” meaning “sign” or “omen”, because in ancient Greece the people believed that birds were sent by gods as a sign. Besides, Iona could be derived from the Greek word “Ionas” (Ίωνας) meaning “one of the Ionians”, “inhabitant of Ionia” or “member of the Greek tribe Ionians”. The girl’s name Iona means “island” (from Old Norse “ey”).

Pronunciation of Iona

Variants of the name Iona

Jona Yona

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Popularity of the name Iona

The name Iona is ranked #5817 overall.

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