[ 3 syll. i-lo-na, il-ona ] The baby girl name Ilona is pronounced IY-Low-Nao in Hungarian †. Ilona's language of origin is Old Greek and Hungarian, and it is used mainly in the English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech, and Dutch languages. From Hungarian roots, its meaning is 'beauty' - in this context, Ilona can be used in the Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, and Hungarian languages.
In addition, Ilona is an English, Finnish, German, and Hungarian form of the English Helen.
Ilona has 16 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. Forms used in English include Elonna, Ilana (also used in Hebrew and Hungarian), Illona, Illonia, Illonya, Ilone (also used in Dutch, German, Polish, and Scandinavian), Iloni, Ilonna, Ilyona, Lona, Onella (also used in Hungarian), and Yllona. The diminutive form Ilonka (also used in German, Hungarian,) is another English variant. Foreign forms of Ilona include Csilla (Hungarian) and Ilanka (Hungarian). Specific foreign variants include the diminutive forms Ilka (Hungarian and Slavic) and Ilke (Hungarian).
Ilona is uncommon as a baby name for girls. At the modest height of its usage in 1946, 0.006% of baby girls were given the name Ilona. It ranked at #821 then. The baby name has since experienced a drop in frequency, and is used only on a very light scale now. Within the group of girl names directly linked to Ilona, Helen was the most widely used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Ilona include Ilainie, Ilamai, Ilamay, Ilamaye, Ilana, Ilanah, Ilani, Ileanne, Ileema, Ileene, Illani, Ilone, Iloni, Iolane, Iulene, Elana, Elanee, Elaney, Elani, and Elanni.
† Pronunciation for Ilona: IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"