Fiona: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Fiona

Fiona

Pronunciation: fee-OH-nə (key)

Origin of the name Fiona:

Derived from the Gaelic fionn (fair, white, clear).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Very common Scottish and Irish name, but not common at all in America. I have never met anyone with my name, which is something I really like. I have been complimented since I was little on what a pretty name I have. The Shrek series have made it slightly annoying, but that seems to be fading now. I wouldn't change my name for anything.

I love my name and I always get compliments on how pretty it is. People always ask about it since I have to wear a name tag for my job. Often, people ask if I'm Irish or where my parents came up with it. I agree with the Shrek thing but its thankfully mostly stopped now. I have only met one other Fiona in person and I like having a unique name.

Spellings can vary: Fionna, Fionah, Fayona, Feona, Fyonnah...
As a male variation, there is the nordic (Swedish probably) name Fyon or Fionn.

Personal experiences with the name Fiona: | Edit

I go to school with a girl named Fiona (b. either 1995 or 1996 since we're in 9th grade) and she's the only Fiona I've ever met. Very pretty name.

There were five other Fionas in my primary school in England!

I have been complimented on my name since I was little.

Nicknames for Fiona: | Edit

Fi, Fifi, Fionn, Fay, Fe, Fee, Fia, Nona, Fin, Finny, Fina, Yona, Fionie, Nina, Oona

Meanings and history of the name Fiona: | Edit

meaning: fair-skinned

The name "Fiona" was perhaps first (?) used by Scottish poet James Macpherson, in his poem "Fingal" (1762).

Famous real-life people named Fiona: | Edit

Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart - American musician (known as just Fiona Apple)
Fiona Victoria Gubelmann - American actress

Fiona in song, story & screen: | Edit

Fiona Glenanne is a character in the TV show "Burn Notice."
Fiona is a character in the 1994 movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
Fiona was the name of a princess and later an ogre in the movies Shrek, Shrek II, Shrek The Third and Shrek Forever After.
Fiona Volpe was a character in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball."
Fiona MacLaren is the mystical ingenue in the Broadway and Hollywood musical Brigadoon.
Fiona Conneely is the main character in the 1994 movie "The Secret of Roan Inish."
Fiona Coyne is a character on Degrassi
Fiona Payton is one of the title character's daughters on the Showtime show "Nurse Jackie."
Fiona was by Scottish poet James Macpherson in his poem "Fingal" (1762).
Fiona Gallagher is a character on the TV show "Shameless."

Fiona Belli, protagonist in the game Haunting Ground
Fiona Carter in the BBC show Spooks
Fiona "Fee" Cleary, matriarch of the Cleary family in the novel and mini-series The Thorn Birds
Fiona Flagstaff, character/spinosaurus in Dino Squad
Fiona Fox in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic books by Archie Comics
Fiona Hackworth in the book The Diamond Age
Fiona Elisi Linette in the anime series Zoids
Princess Fiona, sorceress in the Chronicles of Amber novels
Fiona in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Fiona, stepmother of Sam Montgomery in the 2004 film A Cinderella Story
Fiona in the movie Eurotrip
Fiona, main character in television series So Weird
Fiona in Lois Lowry's novel The Giver
Fiona, main character in the film Josie and the Pussycats
Fiona in Kid vs. Kat
Fiona, a playable character in the Free-to-play game Vindictus
Fiona Cat, Huckle Cat's mother from The Busy World of Richard Scarry
Fiona Waters, a character in the kid's series "From The Files of Madison Finn"
Fiona Maxwell, a main character in the book "Tomorrow, When the War Began" by John Marsden

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