Popularity:4630
Origin:Greek
Meaning:Dove; omen; yew-place
Iona is a feminine Greek name meaning “dove,” “omen,” or “yew-place.” It is derived from the Hebrew word yoná meaning “dove,” which itself comes from the Greek word oiōnós, translating to “sign” or “omen.” 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 “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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