Meaning and Name Origin
Ilona \i-lo-na\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Alona.
Ilona has 45 more related variations via Helen: Ailene, Alene▼, Aline▼, Elaina▲, Elaine▼, Elana, Elayne, Elena▲, Eleni, Elenora▼, Eleonora, Elinor▼, Ella▲, Elle▲, Ellee, Ellen▼, Ellie▲, Ellin, Elly, Ellyn, Elnora▼, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helana, Heleena, Helena▲, Helene▼, Helenna, Helia, Hella, Hellena, Hellia, Ileana, Ilene▼, Jelena, Lana▲, Lena▲, Leonara, Leonora▼, Leora▼, Lina▼, Nelda▼, Nora▲ and Yelena.
Ilona is a very popular first name for women (#1804 out of 4276, Top 42%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Ilona and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Ilona (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000 are Ella (#17 last year), Nora (#49), Ellie (#55), Elena (#121), Lena (#279), Elaina (#281), Lana (#351), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Elaine (#654), Ellen (#656), Lina (#767), Leonora, Elayne, Leora, Aline, Nelda, Elenora, Ileana, Alene, Eleonora, Elnora, Helene, Elinor and Ilene. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1910-1919 and has become much lower since, with versions like Helen, Helene, Ilene, Leora and Nelda falling out of fashion. The most fashionable birth names in this compilation are Elaina (#281), Nora (#49), Lena (#279), Lana (#351) and Ellie (#55), with Ellie, Lana, Lena and Nora undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Ilona is alike in pronunciation to Alana▲, Alena▲, Alina▲, Allona, Alonia, Alonna, Alyna, Eilona, Elina, Ilana, Ilania, Ilena, Iliana, Iolana, Olena, Olina and Wilona. Other suggested similar baby names are Idona, Ilane, Ilima and Iona▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ilona.