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What does Ilona mean?

Ilona Pronunciation of Ilona as a girls' 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. Also form of Alona.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, sun (star)


VARIANTS Elona, Ellona, Elonna, Illona, Ilone, Ilonka, Ilonna, Yllona, Yionna

RELATIONS VIA HELEN Alena, Alene, Aline, Alyona, Elaina, Elana, Elena, Eleni, Ella, Elnora, Galina, Halina, Helana, Helena, Ileana, Ilene, Ili, Ilka, Jelena, Lana, Leana, Lena, Leora, Lina, Nora, Yelena

(female) Iloia, ..

(male) Iloan, ..

Ilona Yesenia (I.Y.), ..

How popular is Ilona?

Ilona is a very popular first name for women (#1804 out of 4276, Top 42%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ilona entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its apex position of #945 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Ella (#15 FROM RECENT DATA), Nora (#30), Elena (#66), Elaina (#272), Lena (#301), Lana (#360), Helen (#413), Helena (#458), Alena (#736), Lina (#760), Elana (#1581), Leora (#1680), Eleni (#1726), Ileana (#1928), Elnora, Alene, Ilene, Alona, Leana and Aline are the popular related forms of Ilona appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Ilona was widespread a century ago (ADOPTION OF 3.99%) and has become much reduced since (ADOPTION 1.39%, 65% LESS). Ella is the longstanding favorite, although Elena appears to be gaining popularity too, while forms like Alene are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ilona, Alena, Alene, Aline, Alona in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elaina, Elana, Elena, Eleni, Ella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Helen, Helena, Ileana, Ilene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lana, Leana, Lena, Leora, Lina, Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elena, Ella, Lena, Lina, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ilona is alike in pronunciation to Alana, Alawna, Alayna, Aleana, Alina, Allena, Allonia, Alonna, Alwyna, Alyna, Alynah, Eleana, Eleena, Elina, Ilana, Ileanna, Ilena, Ilianna, Illeana, Illionya, Iolana, Iolani, Olinia, Ulani and Wilona. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aldona, Anona, Apona, Arona, Cleona, Cliona, Diona, Elna, Fiona, Fyona, Iana, Idona, Idonah (see Idona), Idonea (see Idona), Idonia, Idonna, Ila, Ilane, Ilima, Illia, Illsa, Ilsa, Ilysa, Ina, Ioana, Iona, Ione, Ionya, Irena, Irina, Iryna, Isota, Ivana, Ivon, Izola, Jona, Keona, Kiona, Leona, Lona, Nona, Oona, Rhona, Rona, Shona, Talona, Teona, Tiona, Xylona and Yona. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ilona.

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