Ime is a West Frisian short form of Germanic given names that start with Irmin- (such as Irmingard) and Im- (such as Imbert), both of which are ultimately derived from the Germanic element 'ermen' meaning "whole, universal".

With that said, Ime is indeed a unisex given name, but it is much more commonly found on males than on females.

Also, variant forms and spellings of this given name include: Ieme, Iemme, Imme, Immo, Imo, Yme, Ymo, Ymme and Ymmo.

Sources used:
- (in Dutch)
- pages 68 and 141 of the book "Fryske foarnammen / Friese voornamen" written by Rienk de Haan
- page 184 of "Friesche Naamlijst (Onomasticon Frisicum)" written by Johan Winkler (in 1898): (in somewhat archaic Dutch) and (in Dutch; click on the red-coloured word "document" in order to download the PDF-file)
- (general):
- (lists only bearers living in the Netherlands).

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