Other Origin(s):Hebrew
Meaning:Bear; Dove
Yona is a gender-neutral name with Native American and Hebrew origins. A gorgeous definition to behold in the Hebrew side of things, the name Yona means “dove.” Not only does it have an animal connection but the dove is often a symbol of peace. This may lead your newborn to become a shining example in an often challenging world. On the Cherokee side of things, Yona means "bear." Bears in Native American cultures and myths represent wisdom. They are guardians and teachers, and sometimes even healers. Yona isn’t a common name around the world but perhaps the most famous bearer of this name is American poet and professor, Yona Harvey. Yona was one of the first two Black women to start writing for Marvel Comics.
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