Fiona Name Meaning & Origin


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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Comments and insights on the name Fiona

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

I go to school with a girl named Fiona (b. either 1995 or 1996) 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

Fi, Fifi, Fionn, Fay, Fe, Fee, Fia, Nona, Fin, Finny, Fina, Yona, Fionie, Nina, Oona , Fiyu, Foo, D A D D Y

Meanings and history of the name Fiona

Celtic, meaning fair-skinned, beautiful

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

Famous real-life people named Fiona

Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, American musician (known as just Fiona Apple).
Fiona Victoria Gubelmann, American actress.
Fiona is actress Julia Roberts' middle name. Her ex-husband, Lyle Lovett, wrote a song called "Fiona" as a tongue-in-cheek reference to her.
Fiona Eve Facinelli (b. 2006), daughter of American actress Jennie Garth
Fiona Luna (b. 2010), daughter of Mexican actor, director, and producer Diego Luna and Mexican singer, actress, and model Camila Sodi
Fiona Leigh Pudi (b. 2012), daughter of American actor and comedian Danny Pudi

Fiona in song, story & screen

Fiona Glenanne, character in the TV show "Burn Notice."
Fiona, icy aristocratic character in the 1994 movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
Fiona, princess who later becomes an ogre in the movies Shrek, Shrek II, Shrek The Third and Shrek Forever After.
Fiona Volpe, character in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball."
Fiona MacLaren, mystical ingenue in the Broadway and Hollywood musical Brigadoon.
Fiona Conneely, main character in the 1994 movie "The Secret of Roan Inish."
Fiona Coyne, character on Degrassi
Fiona Payton, 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, character on the TV show "Shameless."
Fiona Belli, protagonist in the game Haunting Ground
Fiona Carter, character 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, character 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
Fiona Goode, supreme witch in season 3 of American Horror Story

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