Yona is a Hebrew unisex name, a variant transcription of Yonah meaning “dove”.
Yona is also a Pali word meaning “Greek”, used to refer to the Greeks, specifically the Ionians. The word originates from Ashokan Prakrit yona 𑀬𑁄𑀦 (Greek), borrowed from Old Persian yauna (Ionian; Greek) which ultimately derives from Ancient Greek Ion, the name of the Ionians which derives from a pre-Greek origin.
Yona can also be used as a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- yo 誉 “reputation, fame; praise” + na 奈 “Nara; what”
- yo 羊 “sheep” + na 奈 “Nara; what”
- yo 誉 “reputation, fame; praise” + na 和 “harmony; sum; peace”
- yo 陽 “sun; yang” + na 菜 “vegetables, greens”
There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s よな.
Yona could also be used as a Korean female name written with the hangul 요나.
Origin: Proto-Semitic; uncertain, likely pre-Greek; Japanese
Meaning: “dove” in Hebrew; also a Pali word “Greek”; also a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used
Usage: Hebrew; Pali; Japanese, Korean
- Yonah (Hebrew)
- Jonah (English)
- Yonina (Hebrew)
- Yonit (Hebrew)
Yona- יוֹנָה (Hebrew)