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What does Ramona mean?

Ramona Pronunciation of Ramona [ra-mona] as a girls' name is pronounced ra-MOH-nah. It is of Spanish and Old German origin, and the meaning of Ramona is "protecting hands". Feminine of Ramon and Raymond. Made famous as the name of a successful 19th-century historical novel. Also a character in a popular series of children's books of the same name by Beverly Cleary.

Associated with: 19th century.


Ramona has 17 variants: Mona, Rae, Ramee, Ramie, Ramoena, Ramohna, Ramonda, Ramonde, Ramonita, Ramonna, Ramowna, Remona, Remonna, Romona, Romonda, Romonde and Romonia.

Creative forms:
(female) Ramosa, ..

(male) Ramore, Ramory, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ramona Scarlet (R.S.), ..

How popular is Ramona?

Ramona is a very prominent first name for women (#296 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#140756 out of 150436, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ramona reached its highest rank of #186 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #1076 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Mona (#1892 from current records), Romona, Remona, Raymond and Rae are the popular related forms of Ramona (#1076 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Ramona were favored as baby names in the 1930s (usage of 0.14%) and have become significantly less common since (usage 0.01%, 90.1%), with forms such as Rae becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ramona, Mona, Rae, Raymond, Remona, Romona in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ramona is alike in pronunciation to Rimona, Romana and Romina. Other suggested similar names are Aarona, Armona, Demona, Dimona, Hamna, Hazona (see Chazona), Jamina, Javona, Latona, Madona, Pamina, Pomona, Raina, Rama, Rana, Ranna, Ravena, Ravina, Rayana, Rayna, Rayona, Rhona, Rianon, Riona, Romane, Romene, Romola, Rona, Sadona, Simona, Symona, Talona, Tamora, Varona, Yamina and Yarona. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ramona.

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