Other Origin(s):Gaelic
Meaning:Dove; Island or yew place
Iona is a feminine name of Hebrew and Gaelic origins. It is derived from the Hebrew word yoná meaning “dove,” which lends itself to Jonah, a prophet of the Kingdom of Israel in the eighth century BC. In Ancient Greece, people believed birds were messengers of God who provided prophecies for events to come. Iona is also a place name shared with a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the coast of Scotland, where it means "island" or “yew place.” It is home to one of the oldest Christian religious structures in Western Europe, Iona Abbey. Whether you love Iona for its ancient symbolism or historical ties, this unique moniker is ideal for those interested in ancient civilizations and places.
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