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Origin of the name IDONEA.
Etymology of the name IDONEA.
Meaning of the baby name IDONEA.


IDONEA.  Old English name meaning "she who works incessantly."  It is the same as Old Norse Iðunn ("fairy, sprite").  See Iduna for more.

... a name very common in old English pedigrees.  Idonea de Camville lived under Henry III.; Idonea de Vetriponte, Vieuxpont, or Oldbridge, is cited in the curious tracts on Northern curiosities put forth some years back in Durham, which say the name is very common; and though it might be the feminine of the Latin idoneus (fit), its absence in the Romance countries may be taken as an indication that it was a mere classicalizing of the northern goddess of the apples of youth.
    The word itself is translated by Luning in the most satisfactory manner as "she who works incessantly," and by Munch, as "she who renovates incessantly."  Idja is the work, unna, love, so that others make her one who loves work.  The word unna, however, though derived from the verb an unna, to love, has come to mean only a woman, and as such is frequently used as a termination, as well as now and then standing alone as a female name, Unna, of whom there are three in the Landnama-bok, and several in the Saga of Burnt Njal. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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