Iona - girls name

Iona name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 93%

Iona name meaning:

The name Iona is of Scottish origin and holds a deep historical significance. It is derived from the Gaelic word "Ì Chaluim Cille," which means "Island of Columba." Iona is an island located off the western coast of Scotland and holds great religious importance. It was the site where St. Columba, an Irish monk, established a monastery in the 6th century, becoming an influential center for Christianity in Scotland.

The name Iona carries a sense of spirituality, tranquility, and reverence. It embodies the rich heritage and cultural significance of the island and its association with St. Columba. Naming a girl Iona can symbolize a connection to nature, faith, and the pursuit of knowledge. It can reflect a desire for inner peace, strength, and a connection to one's spirituality. With its historical and religious connotations, the name Iona represents a sense of reverence and deep-rooted tradition that can be bestowed upon a girl.

Origin: Greek

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Overall UK ranking: 416 out of 5581

107 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (66)

Historical popularity of Iona

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