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What does Winona mean?

Winona Pronunciation of Winona [winona] as a girls' name is pronounced wyw-NOH-nah. It is of Native American Indian origin, and the meaning of Winona is "first-born daughter". From Sioux Indian. Made popular by poets such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Made familiar in modern times by actress Winona Ryder and country singer Wynonna Judd.

Associated with: modern.


Winona has 10 variants: Wenona, Wenonah, Winnie, Winnona, Winoena, Winonah, Winonna, Wynnona, Wynona and Wynonna.

Creative forms:
(female) Winoma, ..

(male) Winone, ..

Middle name pairings:
Winona Tiara (W.T.), ..

How popular is Winona?

Winona is a very prominent first name for females (#1114 out of 4276, Top 26%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Winona reached its highest rank of #442 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Winnie (#1188 a year ago), Wynona, Wenona and Wenonah are the prominent related forms of Winona listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Winona were popular as baby names 125 years ago (adoption of 0.08%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.01%, 90%), with forms like Winona becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Winona, Wenona, Wenonah, Winnie, Wynona in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Winona is alike in pronunciation to Anina, Aninna, Annina, Annona, Anona, Anonna and Yonina. Other suggested similar names are Dimona, Dinora, Diona, Eilona, Finola, Fiona, Ginna, Hinna, Jinna, Kinna, Kiona, Linna, Minna, Ninon, Rimona, Riona, Simona, Tiona, Viona, Wanna, Wilna, Wilona, Wilone, Wina, Winne, Winny and Winola. These names tend to be less commonly used than Winona.

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