Ilona is a Hungarian female given name, the traditional name of the Queen of the Fairies in Magyar folklore.[2][3]

Its etymology is uncertain. A common myth is that Ilona is cognate with the Greek given name Helen.

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, Poland (formerly in crown union with Hungary) and in France.


The name Ilona may refer to: