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This is a list of names in which the gender is feminine; and the first letter is I.
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IAELfBiblical Greek
Form of JAEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
IAHELfBiblical Latin
Form of JAEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
Variant of IANTHE.
IANTHEfGreek Mythology
Means "violet flower", derived from Greek ιον (ion) "violet" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". This was the name of an ocean nymph in Greek mythology.
IARAfNative American, Tupi
From Tupi y "water" and îara "lady, mistress". In Brazilian legend this is the name of a beautiful river nymph who would lure men into the water. She may have been based upon earlier Tupi legends.
IBBfMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of ISABEL.
Diminutive of ISABEL.
Means "violet" in Hungarian, ultimately from Latin viola.
Means "joy" in Arabic.
Means "smile" in Arabic.
IDAfEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element id meaning "work, labour". The Normans brought this name to England, though it eventually died out there in the Middle Ages. It was strongly revived in the 19th century, in part due to the heroine in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Princess' (1847), which was later adapted into the play 'Princess Ida' (1884) by Gilbert and Sullivan.... [more]
Possibly derived from Old Irish ítu "thirst". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
Elaboration of IDA.
IDELLEfEnglish (Rare)
Elaboration of IDA.
IDIDAfBiblical Latin
Form of JEDIDAH used in the Latin Old Testament.
IDONEAfEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English name, probably a Latinized form of IÐUNN. The spelling may have been influenced by Latin idonea "suitable". It was common in England from the 12th century.
IDONYfEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English vernacular form of IDONEA.
IDOWUm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.
From the Spanish place name Idoia, possibly meaning "pond" in Basque, an important place of worship of the Virgin Mary.
Means "sparkle brilliance" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Idril was the daughter of Turgon, the king of Gondolin. She escaped the destruction of that place with her husband Tuor and sailed with him into the west.
IDUNfNorse Mythology
Modern Scandinavian form of IÐUNN.
IEDIDAfBiblical Greek
Form of JEDIDAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
Hawaiian form of JESSICA.
IESHAfAfrican American (Modern)
Variant of AISHA. It was popularized by the song 'Iesha' (1991) by Another Bad Creation.
IEVAfLithuanian, Latvian
Lithuanian and Latvian form of EVE. This is also the Lithuanian and Latvian word for a type of cherry tree (species Prunus padus).
IFEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "love" in Yoruba.
IFIOKm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
Diminutive of JADWIGA or IGNACJA.
IGEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
Spanish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNACJAfPolish (Rare)
Polish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNATIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of IGNATIUS.
Feminine form of IGON. It is a Basque equivalent of Ascensión.
IGRAINEfArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, from Igerna, the Latinized form of Welsh Eigyr. In Arthurian legend she is the mother of King Arthur by Uther Pendragon and the mother of Morgan le Fay by Gorlois. The Welsh form Eigyr or Eigr was rendered into Latin as Igerna by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth.
IHABm & fArabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
Means "dew" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Rocío.
IHSANm & fArabic
Means "charity" in Arabic.
Finnish form of IDA.
Short form of names ending with iina.
Finnish form of AGNES.
Finnish form of IRIS.
IKRAAMf & mArabic
Variant transcription of IKRAM.
IKRAMf & mArabic
Means "honour" in Arabic.
ILAfIndian, Hindi
Means "earth" or "speech" in Sanskrit.
Feminine form of ILAN.
Feminine form of ILAN.
Italian feminine form of HILARIUS.
Italian form of HILDA.
Hungarian diminutive of ILDIKÓ.
Possibly a form of HILDA. This name was borne by the last wife of Attila the Hun.
Hungarian diminutive of ILDIKÓ.
ILEANAfRomanian, Spanish, Italian
Possibly a Romanian variant of ELENA. In Romanian folklore this is the name of a princess kidnapped by monsters and rescued by a heroic knight.
Variant of EILEEN, probably inspired by the spelling of Irene.
ILHAMm & fArabic, Indonesian, Uyghur
Means "inspiration" in Arabic.
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
ILIANAfGreek, Bulgarian
Feminine form of ILIAS (Greek) or ILIYA (Bulgarian).
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
ILINAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of ILIYA.
Romanian diminutive of ELENA.
ILITHYIAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Ειλειθυια (Eileithyia), which was derived from ειληλυθυια (eilelythyia) "the readycomer". This was the name of the Greek goddess of childbirth and midwifery.
Feminine form of ILIYA.
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
İLKAYf & mTurkish
Means "new moon" in Turkish, derived from ilk "first" and ay "moon".
Means "first light" in Turkish.
Means "air" in Finnish.
ILMATARfFinnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish ilma "air". In Finnish mythology Ilmatar was a semi-androgynous goddess of the heavens. She was the mother of Ilmarinen, Väinämöinen and Lemminkäinen.
ILONAfHungarian, German, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Hungarian form of HELEN.
ILONKAfHungarian, Czech
Hungarian and Czech diminutive of ILONA.
Variant of ILSE.
ILSEfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.
Means "evening" in Finnish.
Portuguese cognate of INMACULADA.
IMANm & fArabic, Persian, Indonesian
Means "faith", derived from Arabic امن (amuna) meaning "to be faithful".
IMANIf & mEastern African, Swahili, African American
Means "faith" in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.
IME (1)m & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "patience" in Ibibio.
IME (2)m & fFrisian
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ermen meaning "whole, universal".
IMELDAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of IRMHILD. The Blessed Imelda was a young 14th-century nun from Bologna.
Italian cognate of INMACULADA.
Catalan cognate of INMACULADA.
IMOGENfEnglish (British)
The name of a princess in the play 'Cymbeline' (1609) by Shakespeare. He based her on a legendary character named Innogen, but the name was printed incorrectly and never corrected. The name Innogen is probably derived from Gaelic inghean meaning "maiden".
Means "maiden, virgin" in Finnish.
Slovak feminine form of EMMERICH.
INAfGerman, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, Limburgish
Short form of names ending with ina.
Means "giving, bestowal" in Arabic.
INANNAfNear Eastern Mythology
Possibly derived from Sumerian (n)in-an-na "lady of the heavens". Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of the earth, love, fertility and war. She descended into the underworld where the ruler of that place, her sister Ereshkigal, had her killed. The god Enki interceded, and Inanna was allowed to leave the underworld as long as her husband Dumuzi took her place.
Means "friendliness" in Arabic.
Means "tongue of a bell" in Hebrew.
Means "amber" in Hebrew.
Means "beautiful" in Indonesian.
INDERJEETm & fIndian (Sikh)
Variant transcription of INDERJIT.
INDERJITm & fIndian (Sikh)
Variant of INDRAJIT used by Sikhs.
INDERPALm & fIndian (Sikh)
Means "protector of Indra" from the name of the god INDRA combined with Sanskrit पाल (pala) meaning "protector".
From the name of the country, which is itself derived from the name of the Indus River. The river's name is ultimately from Sanskrit सिन्धु (Sindhu) meaning "body of trembling water, river".
INDIANAf & mEnglish
From the name of the American state, which means "land of the Indians". This is the name of the hero in the 'Indiana Jones' series of movies, starring Harrison Ford.
INDIGOf & mEnglish (Rare)
From the English word indigo for the purplish-blue dye or the colour. It is ultimately derived from Greek Ινδικον (Indikon) "Indic, from India".
INDIRAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil
Means "beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Lakshmi, the wife of the Hindu god Vishnu. A notable bearer was India's first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi (1917-1984).
INDRANIfHinduism, Bengali, Indian, Hindi
Means "queen of INDRA" in Sanskrit. This is a Hindu goddess of jealousy and beauty, a wife of Indra.
INDUfIndian, Hindi
Means "bright drop" in Sanskrit. This is a name for the moon.
From Sanskrit इन्दुमत् (indumat) meaning "full moon".
Spanish form of AGNES.
French form of INÉS.
Portuguese form of AGNES.
INESfItalian, Slovene, Croatian
Italian, Slovene and Croatian form of INÉS.
Lithuanian form of INÉS.
Latvian form of INÉS.
English form of INÉS.
INGEf & mDanish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Dutch
Short form of Scandinavian and German names beginning with the element ing, which refers to the Germanic god ING. In Sweden and Norway this is primarily a masculine name, elsewhere it is usually feminine.
INGEBJØRGfNorwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish variant of INGEBORG.
INGEBORGfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Ingibjörg, which was derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with björg meaning "help, save, rescue".
Swedish variant of INGEGERD.
INGEGERDfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Ingigerðr, which was derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with garðr meaning "enclosure".
INGIBJÖRGfAncient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of INGEBORG.
INGRIDfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Ingríðr meaning "Ing is beautiful", derived from the name of the Germanic god ING combined with fríðr "beautiful". A famous bearer was the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).
From the Old Norse name Yngvildr, derived from the name of the Norse god YNGVI combined with hildr "battle".
INIOBONGm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "God's time" in Ibibio.
INKAfFrisian, Finnish, German
Frisian and Finnish feminine form of INGE, and a German variant.
Means "desire, passion" in Kazakh.
Finnish form of INGRID.
Short form of INMACULADA.
Means "immaculate" in Spanish. This name is given to commemorate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
INNAfRussian, Ukrainian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an early Scythian saint and martyr, a male, supposedly a disiciple of Saint Andrew.
INNESm & fScottish
Anglicized form of AONGHUS, also used as a feminine name.
INTANfIndonesian, Malay
Means "diamond" in Malay and Indonesian.
Thai form of INDIRA.
INYENEm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "wealth" in Ibibio.
Means "pearl" in Kazakh.
IOfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Io was a princess loved by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer in order to hide her from Hera. A moon of Jupiter bears this name in her honour.
IOANAfRomanian, Bulgarian
Romanian feminine form of JOHN. This is also a variant transcription of the Bulgarian name YOANA.
IOHANNAfBiblical Latin
Latin form of Ioanna (see JOANNA).
Probably a variant of IOLE.
Means "to soar" in Hawaiian.
IOLANDAfItalian, Portuguese, Romanian
Italian, Portuguese and Romanian form of YOLANDA.
Probably a variant of YOLANDA influenced by the Greek words ιολη (iole) "violet" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". This name was (first?) used by Gilbert and Sullivan in their comic opera 'Iolanthe' (1882).
IOLEfGreek Mythology
Means "violet" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was a woman beloved by Herakles.
IONA (1)fEnglish, Scottish
From the name of the island off Scotland where Saint Columba founded a monastery. The name of the island is Old Norse in origin, and apparently derives simply from ey meaning "island".
IONEfGreek Mythology, English
From Greek ιον (ion) meaning "violet flower". This was the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, though perhaps based on the Greek place name Ionia, a region on the west coast of Asia Minor.
Romanian feminine form of JOHN.
IOUNIAfBiblical Greek
Form of JUNIA used in the Greek New Testament.
IOVITAm & fAncient Roman
Latin masculine and feminine form of JOVITA.
Means "silk" in Turkish.
IPHIGENEIAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek ιφιος (iphios) "strong, stout" and γενης (genes) "born". In Greek myth Iphigenia was the daughter of King Agamemnon. When her father offended Artemis it was divined that the only way to appease the goddess was to sacrifice Iphigenia. Just as Agamemnon was about to sacrifice his daughter she was magically transported to the city of Taurus.... [more]
IRA (2)fRussian
Short form of IRINA.
IRACEMAfNative American, Tupi
Means "honey lips" in Tupi. This is the name of an 1865 novel by José de Alencar, about the relationship between a Tupi woman and a Portuguese man during the early colonial period. Alencar may have constructed the name so that it would be an anagram of America.
Means "fern field" in Basque.
IRELANDfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the European island country, derived from Irish Gaelic Éire, which may mean something like "abundant land" in Old Irish.
Turkish form of Arabic إرَم (Iram), the name of a beautiful city mentioned in the 89th chapter (surah al-Fajr) of the Qur'an.
Hungarian form of IRENE.
French form of IRENE.
IRENEfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ειρηνη (Eirene), derived from a word meaning "peace". This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified peace, one of the ‘Ωραι (Horai). It was also borne by several early Christian saints. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, notably being borne by an 8th-century empress, who was the first woman to lead the empire. She originally served as regent for her son, but later had him killed and ruled alone.... [more]
IRENKAfPolish, Czech
Polish and Czech diminutive of IRENA.
IRIAfPortuguese, Galician
Possibly a Portuguese and Galician form of IRENE. This was the name of a 7th-century saint (also known as Irene) from Tomar in Portugal. This is also the name of an ancient town in Galicia (now a district of Padrón).
Greek variant of IRIS, from the genitive form Ιριδος (Iridos).
Georgian form of IRENE.
Modern Greek form of IRENE.
Russian diminutive of IRINA.
ÍRISfPortuguese, Icelandic
Portuguese and Icelandic form of IRIS.
IRISfGreek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Greek
Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
Means "asphodel" in Hebrew (an asphodel is a type of flower).
Possibly a Finnish diminutive of IRINA.
IRMAfGerman, English, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Hungarian (Rare), Ancient Germanic
German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ermen, which meant "whole, universal". It is thus related to EMMA. It began to be regularly used in the English-speaking world in the 19th century.
Means "river" in Turkish.
Contracted form of IRMINGARD.
Derived from the Germanic elements ermen "whole, universal" and hild "battle".
IRMINGARDfGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements ermen meaning "whole, universal" and gard meaning "enclosure".
Contracted form of IRMENTRUD.
IRMUSKAfHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian diminutive of IRMA.
Modern Greek form of HERO (1).
Variant of HIRUNE.
Ukrainian form of IRENE.
Occitan form of ISABEL.
ISABELfSpanish, Portuguese, English, French, German
Medieval Occitan form of ELIZABETH. It spread throughout Spain, Portugal and France, becoming common among the royalty by the 12th century. It grew popular in England in the 13th century after Isabella of Angoulême married the English king John, and it was subsequently bolstered when Isabella of France married Edward II the following century.... [more]
German variant of ISABEL.
ISABELLAfItalian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian
Latinate form of ISABEL. This name was borne by many medieval royals, including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, as well as the powerful ruling queen Isabella of Castile (properly called Isabel).
Variant of ISIDORA. A famous bearer was the American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927).
ISAURAfPortuguese, Spanish, Late Roman
Late Latin name which meant "from Isauria". Isauria was the name of a region in Asia Minor.
French form of ISAURA.
From the Hebrew name יִסְכָּה (Yiskah) which meant "to behold". In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham's niece, mentioned only briefly. This is the basis of the English name Jessica.
Scottish form of ISABEL.
ISETfEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of ISIS.
ISEULf & mKorean
Means "dew" in Korean.
ISEULTfArthurian Romance
Medieval variant of ISOLDE.
ISEUTfMedieval English
Medieval form of ISOLDE.
ISHAf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Hinduism
Means "master, lord" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form ईशा and the masculine form ईश (an epithet of the Hindu god Shiva). It is also the name of one of the Upanishads, which are parts of Hindu scripture.
ISHANIfIndian, Hindi
Means "ruling, possessing" in Sanskrit.
Anglicized form of ISEABAIL.
ISHILDfAncient Germanic (Hypothetical)
Germanic name, a hypothetical early form of ISOLDE.
ISHITAfIndian, Hindi
Means "supremacy" in Sanskrit.
ISHTARfNear Eastern Mythology
Meaning unknown. Ishtar was the Babylonian and Assyrian mother goddess who presided over love, war and fertility. She was called Ashtoreth by the Phoenicians, and she was also identified with the Sumerian goddess Inanna.
ISIm & fNative American, Choctaw
Means "deer" in Choctaw.
Irish form of ISABEL.
ISIDORAfSerbian, Macedonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (Rare), Italian (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ISIDORE. This was the name of a 4th-century Egyptian saint and hermitess.
ISISfEgyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Ist (reconstructed as Iset or Ueset), which possibly meant "the throne". In Egyptian mythology Isis was the goddess of the sky and nature, the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus. She was originally depicted wearing a throne-shaped headdress, but in later times she was conflated with the goddess Hathor and depicted having the horns of a cow on her head. She was also worshipped by people outside of Egypt, such as the Greeks and Romans.
ISKRAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian
From a South Slavic word meaning "spark".
Variant of ISLAY, typically used as a feminine name.
'ISMATm & fArabic
Derived from Arabic عصم ('Isma) meaning "safeguarding".
ISMENEfGreek Mythology
Possibly from Greek ισμη (isme) "knowledge". This was the name of the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta in Greek legend.
Modern Greek form of ISMENE.
Scottish form of ISABEL.
ISOLDEfEnglish (Rare), German, Arthurian Romance
The origins of this name are uncertain, though some Celtic roots have been suggested. It is possible that the name is ultimately Germanic, perhaps from a hypothetic name like Ishild, composed of the elements is "ice, iron" and hild "battle".... [more]
Italian form of ISOLDE.
Means "nocturnal journey", derived from Arabic سرى (sara) "to travel at night".
Variant transcription of ISRA.
ISSYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ISIDORE, ISABELLA and other names beginning with Is.
Anglicized form of ÍDE.
Italian feminine form of ITALUS.
From the Italian name of the country of Italy, Italia (see ITALUS).
IÐUNNfNorse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Probably derived from Old Norse "again" and unna "to love". In Norse mythology Iðunn was the goddess of spring and immortality whose responsibility it was to guard the gods' apples of youth.
Means "temperance, moderation" in Arabic.
I'TIMADf & mArabic
Means "reliance" in Arabic.
ITOROm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
Variant of ITSASO.
Means "ocean" in Basque.
ITUMELENGm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
Means "hope" in Basque.
Diminutive of ITSASO.
ITZELfNative American, Mayan
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Mayan itz meaning "dew, nectar, fluid". Otherwise, it might be a variant of IXCHEL.
ITZIARfBasque, Spanish
From the name of a Basque village which contains an important shrine to the Virgin Mary, possibly meaning "old stone".
Irish form of JULIA.
IULIAfRomanian, Ancient Roman
Ancient Roman and Romanian form of JULIA.
IULIANAfRomanian, Ancient Roman
Ancient Roman and Romanian form of JULIANA.
IUNOfRoman Mythology
Ancient Roman form of JUNO.
IUSTINAfLate Roman
Feminine form of Iustinus (see JUSTIN).
IVA (1)fBulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Means "willow tree" in South Slavic.
IVA (2)fCzech, Slovak, Slovene
Short form of IVANA.
IVA (3)fCzech
Feminine form of IVO (1).
From the name of a district of Babylon, mentioned in the Old Testament.
Means "daisy" in Croatian.
Ukrainian feminine form of IVAN.
Bulgarian form of YVETTE.
IVETAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of YVETTE.
Spanish form of YVETTE.
Portuguese form of YVONNE.
IVONNEfSpanish, German, Dutch
Spanish, German and Dutch variant of YVONNE.
IVORYm & fAfrican American
From the English word for the hard, creamy-white substance which comes from elephant tusks and was formerly used to produce piano keys.
From the English word for the climbing plant that has small yellow flowers. It is ultimately derived from Old English ifig.
Polish feminine form of YVON.
IXCHELfMayan Mythology, Native American, Mayan
Means "rainbow lady" in Mayan. Ixchel was the Maya goddess of the earth, the moon, and medicine. She was often depicted with a snake in her hair and crossbones embroidered on her skirt.
Short form of IZABELA.
IZABELfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese (especially Brazilian) variant of ISABEL.
Polish form of ISABELLA.
IZABELLAfHungarian, Polish
Hungarian and Polish form of ISABELLA.
IZANAMIfFar Eastern Mythology
Means "female who invites" in Japanese. In Japanese mythology she was a creator goddess, the wife of Izanagi. She died giving birth to Kagututi, the god of fire.
Means "star" in Basque.
Meaning unknown, from the name of a small island off the Spanish coast in the Bay of Biscay.
Means "blossoming, prospering" in Arabic.
IZEBELfBiblical Italian
Form of JEZEBEL used in some versions of the Italian Bible.
IZOLDAfGeorgian, Polish (Rare)
Georgian and Polish form of ISOLDE.
From Japanese (izumi) meaning "fountain, spring". This name can also be constructed from other combinations of kanji.
IZZYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ISIDORE, ISABEL, ISRAEL, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
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