Winona meaning

A female given name, used mainly in the United States.
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A city in Kansas.
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A city in Minnesota.
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A city in Mississippi.
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A city in Missouri.
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A town in Texas.
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Origin of winona

  • John Koontz suggested that the name was a compound of wi- (“female”) + no (“first”) + -na (a diminutive suffix) and thus a reflex of the Proto-Siouan numeral */ ("one"). That root is otherwise unattested in the Sioux languages, which use reflexes of *wį(y)ą ("one") instead, and a more prosaic analysis identifies the first element of the name with winyan (“woman”).
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  • From a Sioux (Dakota or Lakota) term given as a name to first-born children if they were female.
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