Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. wi-NON-ə(English)

Meaning & History

Means "firstborn daughter" in Dakota or Lakota. According to folklore, this was the name of a daughter of a Dakota chief (possibly Wapasha III) who leapt from a cliff to her death rather than marry a man she hated. Numerous places in the United States have been named after her. The actress Winona Ryder (1971-) was named after the city in Minnesota where she was born.

Related Names

VariantsWynona, Wenona, Wynonna(English)
Other Languages & CulturesWenonah(Literature)
Place Name DescendantWinona(English)



Entry updated April 5, 2022