The baby name Iona isn’t very popular these days, but it saw a moderate amount of usage in the early 1900s. It has several potential origins, including the Scottish island of Iona and the ancient Greek name Ione.
Beyond usage and origin, though, there’s the fascinating fact that the name Iona sounds just like the start of this sentence: “I own a…”
So have you ever wondered what all the Ionas have owned?
I was curious about this. So I checked census records, birth records, marriage records, etc., looking for Ionas who (ostensibly) owned things — that is, Ionas who had nouns as surnames. And I found lots of them.
Here are over 100 of the things that various historical Ionas have “owned,” according to their surnames:
Which one of these combinations did you like best?
And, do you think the name Iona could become trendy again one day soon? (Usage of the name has been creeping upward since the 1990s.)
Finally, here’s a video with all the funny Iona combinations above, plus a few extras: