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I don't know where this is coming from, but Ione does not mean "violet," in Greek. The word for violet in Greek is βιολέτα. It is also not the name of a flower. While there are plants that include that name, such as the Ione Manzanita, all were named after people or places named Ione.

Rather, Ione's origin is from the name of one of the Nereids, the 50 daughters of Nereus, The Old Man of the Sea. The daughters were sea-nymphs and goddesses representing the various properties of the ocean (e.g. foam, sand, rocks, brine). The Nereids would also come to the aid of sailors and fishermen in distress. Reference of the Nereid Ione is found in a book from 2nd century AD called "The Library" by Apollodorus. This book is an encyclopedia of Greek myth. (https://www.theoi.com/Text/Apollodorus1.html)

The name Ione's popularity in English and American culture can be traced directly to novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton's heroine in the 1834 book, "The Last Days of Pompeii." Published in America and England, the book was easily the most popular historical romance novel of the age. The title was so popular, it spawned opera, music, art, sculpture, and later movies and television series, even up into the 2000's. It's hard to say where Bulwer-Lytton got the name Ione, but it very well could be from the previously mentioned book. Bulwer-Lytton was known to be quite studious and to put a tremendous amount of research into his historical romances. Note, his hero from that title, Glaucus, was named after a Greek mythological figure, as well.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2019
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Occasionally also used in Catalan: http://www.idescat.cat/noms/?q=Ione&lang=en.
Frollein Gladys  5/10/2019
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Very unique.
kayisforkeen  9/26/2018
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There's a small town in Washington State called Ione. My paternal grandmother, Ione Beck, lived there after coming to America from Germany.
ionerosebeck  7/27/2018
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My middle name is Ione (eye-own). I was named after my paternal grandmother, Ione Beck. I began using Ione as my first name when I became an adult & learned an appreciation for the name & history behind it.
ionerosebeck  7/27/2018
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My name is Ione and it's a pretty good name for me (since I really like flowers and the color purple), but the only thing about it that's really that bad is that when someone asks for my name, they sometimes think it's Naomi.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2018
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My name is Ione (eye-oh-nee) and my middle name is Venus! Never really appreciated my name but I really love it now I'm older! It's always a great conversation starter!
Ione_venus  11/13/2017
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My name is Ione (eye-oh-knee) Alexandra and I love it! Although people have a hard time pronouncing it!
Ione.rail  7/7/2017
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It's so cute and pretty, I love it! I also love the similar-sounding Io and Iona, but I think Ione is my favorite out of the three, since it's longer than Io but doesn't sound like "I own a" the way Iona does.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
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My name is Ione Octavia and I'm extremely proud of my name. Growing up I honestly secretly wished my name was different but now I can appreciate that it is a reflection of my uniqueness. I have also named my children exotic names for them to learn that they are special. I too pronounce my name as "eye-own".
bouji.diva  10/25/2015
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My middle name is Ione but it is the name I've always gone by (my first name is a Japanese name). I also pronounce it "I own". I've always joked that Ione Skye pronounces her name wrong ha, ha. I don't think it really matters how you pronounce it though. Go with what you like :-).

The name was my paternal Grandmother's middle name (she also went by Ione), and it is my youngest daughters middle name. I have always liked my name and appreciate having an unusual name, although the first day of school was always a little difficult for my teachers, lol.

I agree with "timryechris" in that, I've never actually met another Ione. I went to church years ago with an Iona but that's as close as I've gotten. I'm afraid if I ever meet another Ione I may become way too excited LOL!
Islot40  8/22/2015
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My name is Ione Christine and I don't use the nee. I hardly ever hear of anyone named Ione and when I do, it's like meeting family... LOL.
timryechris  5/8/2015
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When I saw this, I thought it was pronounced "I-own" :P.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2013
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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
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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
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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
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This name is uncommonly beautiful, but hard to think of a middle name for.
Chrila96  10/9/2010
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Pronounced "yaw-nee".
MaggieSimpson  9/29/2009
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Sounds like 'I only'.
Hushpuppy  5/30/2009
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There was a hurricane of this name in September 1955.
Kosta  1/7/2009
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A violet is a type of purple flower.
Paris44  6/26/2008
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My name is Ione :) and I pronounce it 'aye oh nee' like Hermione minus the herm!
1990  6/23/2008
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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
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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
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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
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Ione, the name, does indeed mean "Violet". It's listed as this in a baby name book.
moomaster  12/24/2007
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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
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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
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The Ione I was at school with pronounces it eye-OH-nee.
Anneza  7/14/2006
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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
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There is a town in California called Ione. It is pronounced eye-OHN.
breakofday  12/22/2005
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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
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Lovely name. Pronounced EYE-oh-nee.
Fink  10/22/2005
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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

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