The name is a feminine form of an obscure Medieval French male name, Yvon, which is derived from Yves, a French form of Ivo meaning, “yew tree.”
The name was introduced into the English-speaking world at the beginning of the 20th-century. The highest she ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1937, when she was the 77th most popular female name. As of 2010, she did not even rank into the U.S. top 1000.
Her usage has spread elsewhere, including Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe, the name was slavicized to Ivona.
As of 2009, Ivona was the 38th most popular female name in Croatia.
Notable bearers include Yvonne de Carlo (1922-2007)
Other forms of the name include:
- Yvonne (Afrikaans/Dutch/English/French/Italian/Scandinavian)
- Ivona Ивoна (Czech/Croatian/Macedonian/Serbian/Slovakian/Slovene)
- Yvaine (French: medieval form)
- Ivonn (Hungarian)
- Iwona (Polish)
- Ivone (Portuguese)