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Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Idony f. Old Norse Iðunn, the name of a goddess associated with apples and youth.

The Latinization Idonea was influenced by Latin idoneus, idonea 'suitable, fit, proper'.

The English diminutive Ine is witnessed in 1379 in the relational byname Inesoñ (WRYPT1 p. 294).

1340xc1450 Idonia (nom) CovGuild-1 p. 2; 1377 Idunia (nom) FenPT-2 p. 5; 1379 Edonia (nom) WRYPT1 p. 12, Idonea (nom) ibid. p. 6, Idonia (nom) ibid. p. 12; 1381 Edenea (nom) Suffolk1381 p. 107, Edonea (nom) ibid. p. 106, Idonia (nom) FenPT-2 p. 9, Suffolk1381 p. 69
Middle English
1431–32 Idany EEW p. 91, Idony ibid. p. 91
1395 Idkyne EEW p. 6
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Idony". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1.