Meaning and name origin
Ilona \i-lo-na\ as a girl's 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 information, see also the related girl name Alona.
Ilona is a very popular first name for females (#1804 out of 4276, Top 42%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ilona and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Helen (#404). (2014 statistics).
Ilona is also pronounced similarly to Alana▲, Alena▲, Alina▲, Allona, Alonia, Alonna, Alyna, Eilona, Elana, Elena▲, Elina, Ilana, Ilania, Ileana, Ilena, Iliana, Iolana, Olena, Olina and Wilona. Other suggested similar baby names are Idona, Ilane, Ilene▼, Ilima and Iona▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ilona.