Rona is the name of two islands in Scotland- North Rona, a small, uninhabited island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and South Rona, a small, inhabited island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The name seems to derive from Old Norse meaning “rough island”.
Rona is also the name of a figure in Maori mythology. She had gone to the river one night when the moon was hidden behind some clouds. When she was returning home, Rona stepped on a root or rock and was so upset, began to curse at the moon. The moon god heard her and, angered, grabbed her. The woman was so frightened she grabbed onto a ngaio tree but was still pulled up into the sky. I couldn’t find a specific meaning behind the name in Maori.
Rona is also the feminine form of Ron, a Hebrew male name meaning “song, joy”.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Maori; Hebrew
Meaning: the name of two islands in around Scotland “rough island”; the name of a figure in Maori mythology, meaning unknown; feminine form of Hebrew Ron “song, joy”
Usage: Scottish, English, Hebrew
- Rhona (Scottish)
- Ronna (English)
- Ron (Hebrew)