From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Meaning"As a joy [to someone]"
Other names
Alternative spellingIlonka, Ilike
Variant form(s)Helen, Illona, Ileana, Elena, Helena
DerivedTraditional name of the Queen of the Fairies in Magyar folklore

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

Its etymology is uncertain. A common theory 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]". It is also common in Lithuania, Estonia, Poland[citation needed] (formerly in crown union with Hungary) and in France.[citation needed]


The name Ilona may refer to:

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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