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What does Shona mean?

Shona [sho-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.

Associated with: irish, gracious.


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

Shona has 2 more different relations via Joan: Jone and Joni.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Sheana, Shoney, ..

(male) Shoon, Shosal, ..

How popular is Shona?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Shona for girls. Shona entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #1228 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the history of Shona and associated names. Joni, John and Joan are the prominent related forms of Shona listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Shona were popular as baby names in the 1930s (usage of 2.7%), but now, versions such as Joan have gone out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shona, Joan, 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 Chanae, Chanah, Chanha, Channa, Chanya, Chenay, Chynna, Shaena, Shainah, Shana, Shanae, Shanah, Shaney, Shania, Shanie, Shannea, Shauna, Shawnae, Shayna, Sheena, Sheenah, Shianna, Shionagh, Shonna and Shyanna. Other recommended names are Alona, Anona, Apona, Deona, Dhana, Diona, Elona, Ilona, Keona, Kiona, Leona, Oona, Rhona, Rona, Sadona, Sana, Sanna, Seana, Sedona, Sena, Shaka, Shan, Shan-, Shanda, Shane, Shara, Sharona, Shavona, Shaya, Sheba, Shene, Shila, Shira, Shonda, Shonta, Shyla, Siana, Siena, Simona, Sina, Soma, Sonia, Sonya, Stina, Sydona, Teona, Thana, Tona, Viona and Yona. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shona.