Yona

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 ๐‘€ฌ๐‘„๐‘€ฆ (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 ่ช‰ “reputation, fame; praise” + na ๅฅˆ “Nara; what”
  • yo ็พŠ “sheep” + na ๅฅˆ “Nara; what”
  • yo ่ช‰ “reputation, fame; praise” + na ๅ’Œ “harmony; sum; peace”
  • yo ้™ฝ “sun; yang” + na ่œ “vegetables, greens”

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s ใ‚ˆใช.

Yona could also be used as a Korean female name written with the hangul ์š”๋‚˜.

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

Variants:

  • Yonah (Hebrew)
  • Jonah (English)

Female forms:

  • Yonina (Hebrew)
  • Yonit (Hebrew)

Yona- ื™ื•ึนื ึธื” (Hebrew)

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