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What does Shona mean?

Shona \sh(o)-na\ as a girls' name is of Irish, Gaelic and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shona is "God is gracious". Variant of Joan; feminine form of John.


Shona has 5 variants: Shonagh, Shonah, Shone, Shuna and Shunagh.

Shona has 6 more different forms via Joan: Joane, Joanie, Joannue, Jone, Jonee and Joni.


Shona is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2304 out of 4276, Top 54%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Shona and associated names. Joni, John, Joanie and Joan are the prominent related forms of Shona (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5178%) and are now significantly less widespread, with the versions Joan, John and Joni becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joan, Joanie, John, Joni in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shona is alike in pronunciation to Chana, China, Chyna, Shaena, Shaina, Shana, Shanae, Shanah, Shanay, Shanea, Shani, Shania, Shanna, Shauna, Shawna, Shayna, Sheena, Sheina, Shena, Shiona, Shonna and Tiona. Other recommended similar baby names are Rhona, Sana, Sanna, Seana, Sena, Shan, Shan-, Shane, Shene, Shonda, Shonta, Siana, Siena, Sina, Soma, Sonia and Sonya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shona.