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For the asteroid, see 1182 Ilona.

Ilona is a Magyar (Hungarian) female given name, the traditional name of the Queen of the Faries in Magyar folklore.[1][2]

Its etymology is uncertain. A possible origin in the Hebrew word and given name Ilana ("tree") has yet to be proven. A common myth is that Ilona is cognate with the Greek given name Helen.[3]

Diminutive forms include Ilonka and Ilike.

Ilona is also a common name in Finland,[4] Lithuania and Poland[citation needed] (formerly in crown union with Hungary), as well as in France.[citation needed]


The name Ilona may refer to:

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  3. ^ Jarvis, Stan (2008). Discovering First Names. Osprey Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7478-0383-6. 
  4. ^ There are 25,000 women named Ilona in the Finnish Population Register: Name service