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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 Fairies in Magyar folklore.[1][2]

Its etymology is uncertain. A possible origin in the Assyrian word and given name Ilono ("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 a common name in Finland,[4] where it is considered to refer to the Finnish word ilo ("joy") and ilona literally means "as a joy [to someone]".[5] It is also common in Lithuania, Poland[citation needed] (formerly in crown union with Hungary) and in France.[citation needed]


The name Ilona may refer to:

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