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Quick Facts on Iliana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 787
Simple meaning:
Ray of light, personification of beauty

Characteristics of Iliana

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Iliana

Iliana is a name used among Spanish speakers and may have been borrowed from the Romanian “Ileana” which is thought to have developed from Helen. A lot of names have spawned from the Greek Helen, not surprisingly because she’s the mythological beauty who “launched a thousand ships” by setting off the Trojan War. The name most likely finds its roots in the Greek word “hēlios” meaning “sun” or more specifically a “ray of light”. This is a fitting etymology considering the renowned beauty of Helen, Queen of Sparta, who stole the heart of Paris. The Romanians may have borrowed from the Greeks when they developed their own mythological Ileana Cosânzeana, a woman who in their own culture is the personification of beauty. Ileana is a fairytale princess, a dark-haired beauty, who represents many of the womanly virtues Romanians hold dear: she’s strong and brave, she’s noble and modest, she’s magical and wise, and she’s simply gorgeous to behold. She is often depicted surrounded by elves and flowers while the wind, mesmerized by her beauty, chases her in vein. In some folklorean tales, Ileana is trapped by an evil man in his castle until her Prince Charming rescues her. As a result of this Romanian connection, as well as the name’s association with the Greek Helen, Iliana has a little bit more dimension than her competition.

Popularity of the Name Iliana

Iliana hit the American naming charts in 1986 when the Hispanic-American population growth was in full swing. This lesser known Spanish name hasn’t done remarkable well, but well enough to achieve herself a place on the charts. Elena is generally considered the most popular Spanish rendition of Helen, but Iliana shares her etymology with the Romanians which brings a little bit more interest to this name. Plus it’s a less common four-syllable name derived from a five-lettered word – that’s maximizing consonants and vowels in our opinion! Although we’ve heard varying pronunciations: “EE-lah-nah” vs. “EE-li-ah-nah”. Both have a lovely, poetic Spanish inflection.
Popularity of the Girl Name Iliana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Iliana

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    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Iliana

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Iliana

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  • Famous People Named Iliana

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  • Children of Famous People Named Iliana

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Personality of the Girl Name Iliana

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Iliana

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