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Quick Facts on Winona

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Firstborn daughter

Characteristics of Winona

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Winona

Winona is a Native American Indian name from “Winúŋna” meaning “firstborn daughter” or “eldest daughter” in the Sioux Dakota language. It was the name shared by both the wife and daughter of a well-known Sioux Chief, Wapasha III (c. 1816-1876), whose people lived on lands along the western banks of the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota. Wabasha III, like his fathers before him, spent his life defending the land for his people in the midst of constant conflict and uprisings. Eventually they were forcibly stripped of their land and displaced to reservations in Nebraska and South Dakota. The region belonging to the Sioux Dakotas where Wapasha III once ruled as Chief is now located in Winona County, Minnesota (named after the Chief’s firstborn daughter). As a female given name, Winona is mainly restricted to the United States (and probably some areas of Canada).

Popularity of the Name Winona

Surprisingly, Winona can be found on the American female naming charts dating back to the late 19th century (which is as far back as we have available data). Although the name has always maintained low-moderate usage in the early part of last century, it did reach a high of #407 on the charts in both 1924 and again in 1931. However, 1957 is the last year Winona claimed Top 1000 standing in the United States, despite the fact that Winona Ryder brought the name to the forefront during her peak career years in the 1990s. In fact, only 32 baby girls were given the name Winona in 2012 making her quite the unique choice today. We love this name for the “firstborn daughter”. We wonder why other Native-American influenced female names like Savannah, Dakota, Cheyenne and Kaya make America’s Top 1000 list but the pretty, easy, breezy Winona does not. Sadly enough, Winona was ranked at position #4552 in 2012 – totally off the radar. In our opinion, this is a lovely choice (but should be reserved for the eldest daughter for obvious reasons).
Popularity of the Girl Name Winona
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Winona

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Winona

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Winona

    Winona We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Winona.

  • Popular Songs on Winona

    Popular Songs on Winona

    Winona - a song by Jamie Walters

    Winona - a song by Matthew Sweet

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Winona

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Winona

    Don't Forget Winona (Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson) - Winona waved her kerchief and called: "Good-bye, cat! Good-bye, swing! Don't forget me!" Like so many Americans in the late 1930s, Winona's family must flee the dust bowl and begin the long trip west to California in hopes of starting a better life. The road they travel is Route 66, now a celebrated historic highway. Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson's beautiful text and the illuminated artwork of Kimberly Bulcken Root bring this one journey of thousands to life. don't forget winona is not only a stirring portrait of the migration westward that would reshape the face of America, but it is also a celebration of how the strength of a family can weather the most difficult of times. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Wheezing Winona Weatherbee (Tolya L. Thompson) - Winona Louise Weatherbee, like so many children with asthma, does not understand how serious asthma can truly be. Playing and having a good time Winona forgets to take her asthma medication properly and experiences an asthma attack like you wouldn't believe. Join her on this breathless journey through asthma and discover how she learns to breathe with ease. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Winona LaDuke: Restoring Land and Culture in Native America (Michael Silverstone) - Overcoming discouragement from white teachers and classmates, Winona LaDuke became outspoken at an early age about the disproportionate difficulties faced by Native Americans, including massive pollution of reservations. Winning acceptance to Harvard, Winona pursued environmental research and activism, becoming the youngest person to address the United Nations, and at age twenty-nine winning the Reebok Human Rights Award. At home at White Earth reservation in Minnesota, Winona founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, fighting poverty and pollution by reclaiming treaty lands. Winona’s remarkable vision was recognized by the Green Party, which chose her as their vice-presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. Her achievements show young readers the positive impact of one person’s determination to change her world. Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Winona's Pony Cart (Maud Hart Lovelace) - Winona Root is almost eight years old. More than anything in the world, she wants a pony for her birthday. She wishes so hard for a pony that she's sure to get one--at least, that's what she tells her friends Betsy, Tacy, and Tib. It's only when the exciting day grows near that Winona begins to wonder: What if her father meant it when he said she couldn't have a pony? In addition to her beloved Betsy-Tacy books, Maud Hart Lovelace wrote three more stories set in the fictional town of Deep Valley: Winona's Pony Cart, Carney's House Party and Emily of Deep Valley. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be delighted to find the Deep Valley books available again for the first time in many years. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Winona

    Famous People Named Winona

    Famous People Named Winona - Winona Ryder (actress); Winona LaDuke (Native American activist and writer); Wynonna Judd (country musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Winona

    Children of Famous People Named Winona

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Winona - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Winona.

Personality of the Girl Name Winona

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Winona

  • No Variations Found.
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