[ 2 syll. (r)ho-na, rh-ona ] The baby girl name Rhona is pronounced as ROW-Naa- †. Rhona is largely used in English and Scottish. It is derived from Scottish, Welsh, and Old English origins. The name is of debated origin; it could have developed as a feminine form of Ronald or Ronan, or else it could be from the place name of the Hebridean island Rona, on which Saint Ronan lived for a period. The spelling was altered with a '-h-' possibly from the influence of the name Rhoda. Yet another derivation suggests that the name Rhona is a contraction of Rhonwen. The given name was first used in the late 19th century in Scotland. In the 1930s, it grew in popularity alongside the success of the fashionable 'Rhona Roy' dresses. It is today still used mainly by the Scottish.
In addition, Rhona is an English variant transcription of the name Rhonda (English and Welsh).
Rhona is also an English shortening of the name Rowena (English, German, and Welsh).
The name Rhonnie is a variant transcription of Rhona.
Variant forms inherit both the origin and meaning of Rhona.
Rhona is an uncommon baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1951, 0.005% of baby girls were named Rhona. It had a ranking of #992 then. The baby name has seen a loss in popularity since then, and is now of very light use. Within all girl names in its family, Rhona was nevertheless the most popular in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Rhona: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"