Where did the baby name Iyone come from in 1927?

The single "Iyone My Own Iyone" (1926)
“Iyone My Own Iyone” single

The baby name Ione saw strong usage in the U.S. during the early 20th century. The spelling variant Iyone, on the other hand, was a mere one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data during that time period:

  • 1929: unlisted
  • 1928: unlisted
  • 1927: 7 baby girls named Iyone
  • 1926: unlisted
  • 1925: unlisted

What gave this particular version of the name a boost during the 1920s?

A song called “Iyone My Own Iyone.” It was copyrighted in mid-1926, and later the same year was recorded and released by various acts/bandleaders (including the Brox Sisters, Arthur Lange, and Ted Lewis).

Though “Ione” is typically pronounced eye-oh-nee — with a “long E” sound at the end, just like many of the other personal names (e.g., Chloe, Zoe, Phoebe) that come from ancient Greek — in the song, the name “Iyone” is pronounced eye-own, to rhyme with “I own.”

What are your thoughts on the name Iyone?

Sources: Addy Britt (lyricist) – Discography of American Historical Recordings, SSA

P.S. Ione returned to the U.S. data in 1989 after a brief absence thanks to the iconic ’80s movie Say Anything, which co-starred actress Ione Skye (who happens to be the daughter of Donovan, who had an influence on the baby names Lalena, Juniper, and possibly Jennifer in the late ’60s).

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