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Ione in Greek does not mean violet. The Greek word for violet is iodes. Iodes however is not a name.
-- irini1756  3/25/2005
Lovely name. Pronounced EYE-oh-nee.
-- Fink  10/22/2005
My middle name is Ione and my family has always pronounced it like Iown. As in 'I own' that car.
-- Anonymous User  11/30/2005
There is a town in California called Ione. It is pronounced eye-OHN.
-- breakofday  12/22/2005
Ione Skye is the actress who played opposite John Cusack in the cult 80s flick "Say Anything." She pronounces her name "EYE-oh-nee." I strongly prefer this pronunciation over any other.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2006
The Ione I was at school with pronounces it eye-OH-nee.
-- Anneza  7/14/2006
Ione is one of the Nereids, the 50 daughters of Nereus (the old man of the sea). In the Greek, it would be pronounced eye-oh-nee. Dropping the third syllable is an English alteration.
-- seventhguest  8/10/2007
This has become my favorite girl's name. I think it is one of the few under the radar names left. It is a terrific alternative to the now popular Chloe and Zoe.

I didn't think of this name when I was naming my daugther earlier this year. But I'm sort of glad I didn't because I found out my husband didn't like it, and I would have just been bummed out. Now I'm hoping if we have another child, and it's a girl, the name might grow on him. But I doubt it. Maybe that is why the name isn't more popular, if one parent loves it, the other doesn't.
-- afmastro  11/15/2007
Ione, the name, does indeed mean "Violet". It's listed as this in a baby name book.
-- moomaster  12/24/2007
This name isn't quite as cool as Iona, but it won't lead to ''I own a'' jokes, and it sounds less like Leona, which reminds me of a mean rich woman with that name. This is quite a beautiful name, as long as people pronounce the final 'e'. It would be quite cool even without it, though.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
I am slightly biased because this is my niece's name (she is a toddler); however, I adore this name. It is beautiful, short and sweet; also, not very common.

We pronounce the name - "eye-OH-nee".

Ione is also a species of orchids.
-- bellehime  5/2/2008
If the given name Ione comes from Ionia or Ionian, then the following applies:

Taken from Wikipedia.org:

"The etymology of the word is uncertain of proof. Both Frisk and Beekes isolate an unknown root, *Ia-, pronounced *ya-. There are, however, some theories:

From an unknown early name of an eastern Mediterranean island population represented by Ha-nebu, an ancient Egyption name for the people living there.
From ancient Egyptian 'iwn "pillar, tree trunk" extended into 'iwnt "bow" (of wood?) and 'Iwntyw "bowmen, barbarians." This derivation is analogous on the one hand to the possible derivation of Dorians and on the other fits the Egyptian concept of "nine bows" with reference to the Sea Peoples.
From an Indo-European onomatopoeic root *wi- or *woi- expressing a shout uttered by persons running to the assistance of others; according to Pokorny, *Iawones would mean "Verehren des Apollo", "devotees of Apollo", based on the cry iç paiôn uttered in his worship."
-- bellehime  5/2/2008
My name is Ione :) and I pronounce it 'aye oh nee' like Hermione minus the herm!
-- 1990  6/23/2008
A violet is a type of purple flower.
-- Paris44  6/26/2008
There was a hurricane of this name in September 1955.
-- Kosta  1/7/2009
Sounds like 'I only'.
-- Hushpuppy  5/30/2009
Pronounced "yaw-nee".
-- MaggieSimpson  9/29/2009
This name is uncommonly beautiful, but hard to think of a middle name for.
-- Chrila96  10/9/2010
The English name Violet has rapidly gained popularity in later years. In the U.S.A., Violet shot up from #847th most popular name in 1999 to #141 most popular in 2009. It has also gained more usage in places such as Australia and the U.K.

This is why Ione is such a fantastic alternative. It is a true gem of a name, nowhere near as common but just as beautiful in meaning and with an unusual but easy pronunciation.
-- vomiting  2/7/2011
Very pretty. I think it's classy and unique, a lot better than most crap people are calling their children nowadays.
-- Black_X  7/12/2011
I love it! It sounds so mythical and celestial, and it sounds even more otherworldly and outer-space-like when used with the nickname Io.
-- Bazinga  1/29/2012
When I saw this, I thought it was pronounced "I-own" :P.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2013

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