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What does Ilona mean?

Ilona Pronunciation of Ilona [ilona] as a girls' name is pronounced eye-LOH-nah, eye-LONE-ah. It is of Hungarian and Greek origin, and the meaning of Ilona is "sun ray". Variant of Helen. Also carries the connotation of "beautiful", because of the beauty of Helen of Troy. Also form of Alona.

ASSOCIATED WITH greek, sun (star)


VARIANTS Elona, Ellona, Elonna, Illona, Ilone, Ilonka, Ilonna, Yllona, Yionna

RELATIONS VIA HELEN Alena, Alene, Aline, Alyona, Elaina, Elana, Elena, Eleni, Ella, Elnora, Galina, Halina, Helana, Helena, Ileana, Ilene, Ili, Ilka, Jelena, Lana, Leana, Lena, Leora, Lina, Nora, Yelena

(female) Iloia, ..

(male) Iloan, ..

Ilona Serafina (I.S.), ..

How popular is Ilona?

Ilona is a very prominent first name for women (#1804 out of 4276, Top 42%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Ilona entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #945 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ilona name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ilona outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Helen (#419 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is the only other popular variation form of Ilona rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Ilona was widespread during 1920-1929 (MEDIAN #1001) and has become significantly diminished since, with the form Helen falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ilona, Helen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ilona and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ilona is alike in pronunciation to Alawna, Alayna, Aleena, Aliana, Allena, Allonia, Alona, Alwyna, Alyna, Alynah, Eilena, Elanna, Eleana, Eleena, Eliana, Elona, Elyana, Ileana, Ileanna, Ilianna, Illeana, Iolani, Olena, Wilona and Yelena. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aldona, Anona, Apona, Arona, Cleona, Cliona, Dona, Elna, Fiona, Fyona, Iana, Idona, Idonah (see Idona), Idonea (see Idona), Idonia, Idonna, Ilane, Ilene, Ilima, Ilka, Illia, Illsa, Ilone, Ilonka, Ilsa, Ilysa, Ina, Ioana, Iona, Ione, Ionya, Irena, Irina, Iryna, Isota, Ivon, Izola, Jona, Keona, Kiona, Leona, Lona, Nona, Oona, Rhona, Rona, Shona, Teona, Tiona and Yona. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ilona.


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