Nona is the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy in Roman mythology, as well as the name of one of the Parcae (the female personifications of destiny), along with Morta and Decima. The Parcae are the Roman equivalent of the Moirai in Greek myth, and Nona is the equivalent of Clotho, who spun the thread of life. Women who were pregnant prayed to her in their ninth month of pregnancy, hence the name’s meaning, “ninth” from Latin nonus (ninth) via novem (nine) derived from a PIE root word.
Nona also comes from the praenomen (personal name), the feminine form of Nonus, also meaning “nine” and used for a ninth-born child or a child born in November. From what I could find, it doesn’t seem to have been a very popular name. Nona could also be used as a nickname for Wynonna or Winona, a Dakota female given name meaning “firstborn daughter” from Winúŋna.
Nona is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- no 希 “beg; request; hope; rare; Greece” + na 菜 “greens; vegetables” (希菜);
- no 紀 “narrative; account; chronicle” + na 菜 “greens; vegetables” (紀菜);
- no 乃 “a possessive article; from; whereupon” + na 菜 “greens; vegetables” (乃菜);
- no 乃 “a possessive article; from; whereupon” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (乃奈);
- no 乃 “a possessive article; from whereupon” + na 那 “what” (乃那)
Written in hiragana it’s のな. There are other meanings depending on the kanji used.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Japanese, Native American (Dakota)
- Nonna (Russian)
- Nonus (Ancient Roman)