Ion (name)

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Ion is a masculine given name. The name form in English corresponds to two different and unrelated names from different original languages.

The first name is the Greek,Ἴων, Iōn, after the mythical founder of the Ionians; the modern (demotic) Greek equivalent of the name is Ionas. The source of this is the Hebrew Yavan, alternatively transliterated as ι-o-ν (Yut Vav/digamma Nun), with each letter corresponding to its appropriate counterpart.

The second name is the Romanian Ion which is equivalent to the English name John and has the same etymology as "Jon", tracing back the Hebrew name Johanan; Ion can also be a surname in Romanian. Another variant is Ioan, the Romanian name for John the Baptist (Ioan Botezătorul). Common diminutives are Ionel and Ionuț. Its female form is Ioana. The surname Ionescu derives from Ion.

Ion as a given name[edit]

Ion as a surname[edit]

  • Barry Ion (born 1941), Australian rules footballer and radio personality
  • Corneliu Ion (born 1951), Romanian sports shooter and 1980 Olympic champion
  • Patrick Ion (born 1942,) American mathematician
  • Sue Ion (born 1955,)British engineer, advisor on the nuclear power industry

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