Riona is a girl's name of Irish origin, meaning "queenly." The name derives from the Irish term "rionach," who—according to legends—was the wife of "Niall of the Nine Hostages." The semi-mythical Irish king was an ancestor of the Ui Neill dynasties that reigned from the 6th to the 10th centuries. The Irish warlord is thought to have three million descendants today, and Rionach became known as the maternal ancestor of many Irish families. Variants of the name include Fiona, Rayna, Rianne, and Rionna, and as a diminutive of Catriona, this regal name is the perfect choice for your little queen bee.
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