Feminine Names

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HULDA (1)fIcelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse hulda meaning "hiding, secrecy". This was the name of a sorceress in Norse mythology. As a modern name, it can also derive from archaic Swedish huld meaning "sweet, lovable".
HULDAHfBiblical
Means "weasel, mole" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament belonging to a prophetess.
HÜLYAfTurkish
Means "daydream" in Turkish.
HUMAIRAfArabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of HUMAYRA.
HUMAYRAfArabic
Means "red" in Arabic. This was a name given by the Prophet Muhammad to his wife Aisha.
HUNTERm & fEnglish
From an occupational English surname for a hunter, derived from Old English hunta. A famous bearer was the eccentric American journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005).
HƯƠNGfVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hương) meaning "fragrant".
HURIKfArmenian
Means "small fire" in Armenian.
HUSNAfArabic
Means "more beautiful" in Arabic.
HUSNIm & fArabic
Derived from Arabic حسن (husn) meaning "beauty, excellence, goodness".
HUSNIYAfArabic
Strictly feminine form of HUSNI.
HÜSNİYEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of HUSNI.
HWANm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean (hwan) meaning "shining, brilliant, lustrous" or other characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character.
HYACINTH (2)fEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower (or the precious stone which also bears this name), ultimately from Greek ‘υακινθος (hyakinthos).
HYACINTHAfHistory
Latinate feminine form of HYACINTHUS, used to refer to the 17th-century Italian saint Hyacintha Mariscotti (real name Giacinta).
HYACINTHEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of HYACINTHUS.
HYE-JINfKorean
From Sino-Korean (hye) meaning "bright, intelligent" or (hye) meaning "favour, benefit" combined with (jin) meaning "precious, rare". This name can be formed by a variety of other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEONm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or other characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
HYEON-JEONGf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or (hyeon) meaning "shine, glitter" combined with (jeong) meaning "court" or (jeong) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEON-JUf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" and (ju) meaning "jewel, pearl". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYLEDDfWelsh
Variant of HELEDD.
HYPATIAfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘υπατος (hypatos) meaning "highest, supreme". Hypatia of Alexandria was a 5th-century philosopher and mathematician, daughter of the mathematician Theon.
HYUNm & fKorean
Variant transcription of HYEON.
HYUN-JOOf & mKorean
Variant transcription of HYEON-JU.
HYUN-JUNGf & mKorean
Variant transcription of HYEON-JEONG.
IAELfBiblical Greek
Form of JAEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
IAHELfBiblical Latin
Form of JAEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
IANTHAfVarious
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.
IBBIEfEnglish
Diminutive of ISABEL.
IBOLYAfHungarian
Means "violet" in Hungarian, ultimately from Latin viola.
IBTIHAJfArabic
Means "joy" in Arabic.
IBTISAMfArabic
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]
ÍDEfIrish
Possibly derived from Old Irish ítu "thirst". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint.
IDELLAfEnglish
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.
IDOYAfSpanish
From the Spanish place name Idoia, possibly meaning "pond" in Basque, an important place of worship of the Virgin Mary.
IDRILfLiterature
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.
IEKIKAfHawaiian
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.
IGAfPolish
Diminutive of JADWIGA or IGNACJA.
IGEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
IGNACIAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNACJAfPolish (Rare)
Polish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNATIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGONEfBasque
Feminine form of IGON. It is a Basque equivalent of Ascensión.
IGORm & fRussian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, Portuguese
Russian form of Yngvarr (see INGVAR). The Varangians brought it to Russia in the 10th century. It was borne by two grand princes of Kiev. Famous bearers include Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), a Russian composer whose most famous work is 'The Rite of Spring', and Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), the Russian-American designer of the first successful helicopter.
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.
IHINTZAfBasque
Means "dew" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Rocío.
IHSANm & fArabic
Means "charity" in Arabic.
IIDAfFinnish
Finnish form of IDA.
IINAfFinnish
Short form of names ending with iina.
IINESfFinnish
Finnish form of AGNES.
IIRISfFinnish
Finnish form of IRIS.
IKRAAMf & mArabic
Variant transcription of IKRAM.
IKRAMf & mArabic
Means "honour" in Arabic.
ILAfIndian, Hindi
Means "earth" or "speech" in Sanskrit.
ILANAfHebrew
Feminine form of ILAN.
ILANITfHebrew
Feminine form of ILAN.
ILARIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of HILARIUS.
ILDAfItalian
Italian form of HILDA.
ILDIfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILDIKÓ.
ILDIKÓfHungarian
Possibly a form of HILDA. This name was borne by the last wife of Attila the Hun.
ILDÓfHungarian
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.
ILENEfEnglish
Variant of EILEEN, probably inspired by the spelling of Irene.
ILHAMm & fArabic, Indonesian, Uyghur
Means "inspiration" in Arabic.
ILIfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
ILIANAfGreek, Bulgarian
Feminine form of ILIAS (Greek) or ILIYA (Bulgarian).
ILIKEfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
ILINAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of ILIYA.
ILINCAfRomanian
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.
ILIYANAfBulgarian
Feminine form of ILIYA.
ILKAfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ILONA.
İLKAYf & mTurkish
Means "new moon" in Turkish, derived from ilk "first" and ay "moon".
İLKNURfTurkish
Means "first light" in Turkish.
ILMAfFinnish
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.
ILSAfGerman
Variant of ILSE.
ILSEfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.
ILTAfFinnish
Means "evening" in Finnish.
IMACULADAfPortuguese
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.
IMMACOLATAfItalian
Italian cognate of INMACULADA.
IMMACULADAfCatalan
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".
IMPIfFinnish
Means "maiden, virgin" in Finnish.
IMRIŠKAfSlovak
Slovak feminine form of EMMERICH.
INAfGerman, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, Limburgish
Short form of names ending with ina.
IN'AMfArabic
Means "giving, bestowal" in Arabic.
INANNAfSumerian Mythology
Possibly derived from Sumerian nin-an-a(k) meaning "lady of the heavens", from 𒊩𒌆 (nin) meaning "lady" and the genitive form of 𒀭 (an) meaning "heaven, sky". Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of 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.... [more]
INASfArabic
Means "friendliness" in Arabic.
INBALfHebrew
Means "tongue of a bell" in Hebrew.
INBARfHebrew
Means "amber" in Hebrew.
INDAHfIndonesian
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".
INDIAfEnglish
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.
INDUMATHIfTamil
From Sanskrit इन्दुमत् (indumat) meaning "full moon".
INÉSfSpanish
Spanish form of AGNES.
INÈSfFrench
French form of INÉS.
INÊSfPortuguese
Portuguese form of AGNES.
INESfItalian, Slovene, Croatian
Italian, Slovene and Croatian form of INÉS.
INESAfLithuanian
Lithuanian form of INÉS.
INESEfLatvian
Latvian form of INÉS.
INEZfEnglish
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".
INGEGÄRDfSwedish
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).
INGVILDfNorwegian
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.
INKARfKazakh
Means "desire, passion" in Kazakh.
INKERIfFinnish
Finnish form of INGRID.
INMAfSpanish
Short form of INMACULADA.
INMACULADAfSpanish
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.
INTIRAfThai
Thai form of INDIRA.
INYENEm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "wealth" in Ibibio.
INZHUfKazakh
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).
IOLAfEnglish
Probably a variant of IOLE.
IOLANAfHawaiian
Means "to soar" in Hawaiian.
IOLANDAfItalian, Portuguese, Romanian
Italian, Portuguese and Romanian form of YOLANDA.
IOLANTHEfVarious
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.
IONELAfRomanian
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.
İPEKfTurkish
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.
IRATIfBasque
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.
İREMfTurkish
Turkish form of Arabic إرَم (Iram), the name of a beautiful city mentioned in the 89th chapter (surah al-Fajr) of the Qur'an.
IRÉNfHungarian
Hungarian form of IRENE.
IRÈNEfFrench
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).
IRIDAfGreek
Greek variant of IRIS, from the genitive form Ιριδος (Iridos).
IRINEfGeorgian
Georgian form of IRENE.
IRINIfGreek
Modern Greek form of IRENE.
IRINUSHKAfRussian
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.
IRITfHebrew
Means "asphodel" in Hebrew (an asphodel is a type of flower).
IRJAfFinnish
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.
IRMAKfTurkish
Means "river" in Turkish.
IRMGARDfGerman
Contracted form of IRMINGARD.
IRMHILDfGerman
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".
IRMTRAUDfGerman
Contracted form of IRMENTRUD.
IRMUSKAfHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian diminutive of IRMA.
IROfGreek
Modern Greek form of HERO (1).
IRUNEfBasque
Variant of HIRUNE.
IRYNAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of IRENE.
ISABÈLfOccitan
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]
ISABELLfGerman
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).
ISADORAfEnglish
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.
ISAUREfFrench
French form of ISAURA.
ISCAHfBiblical
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.
ISEABAILfScottish
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.
ISHBELfScottish
Anglicized form of ISEABAIL.
ISHILDfAncient Germanic (Hypothetical)
Germanic name, a hypothetical early form of ISOLDE.
ISHITAfIndian, Hindi
Means "supremacy" in Sanskrit.
ISHTARfSemitic Mythology
Meaning unknown. Ishtar was an Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian goddess who presided over love, war and fertility. She was cognate with the Canaanite and Phoenician Ashtoreth, and she was also identified with the Sumerian goddess Inanna.
ISIm & fNative American, Choctaw
Means "deer" in Choctaw.
ISIBÉALfIrish
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".
ISLAfScottish
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.
ISMINIfGreek
Modern Greek form of ISMENE.
ISOBELfScottish
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]
ISOTTAfItalian
Italian form of ISOLDE.
ISRAfArabic
Means "nocturnal journey", derived from Arabic سرى (sara) "to travel at night".
ISRAAfArabic
Variant transcription of ISRA.
ISSYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of ISIDORE, ISABELLA and other names beginning with Is.
ITAfIrish
Anglicized form of ÍDE.
ITALAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ITALUS.
ITALIAfItalian
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.
I'TIDALfArabic
Means "temperance, moderation" in Arabic.
I'TIMADf & mArabic
Means "reliance" in Arabic.
ITOROm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
ITSASNEfBasque
Variant of ITSASO.
ITSASOfBasque
Means "ocean" in Basque.
ITUMELENGm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
ITXAROfBasque
Means "hope" in Basque.
ITXASOfBasque
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".
IÚILEfIrish
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).
IVAHfBiblical
From the name of a district of Babylon, mentioned in the Old Testament.
IVANČICAfCroatian
Means "daisy" in Croatian.
IVANNAfUkrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of IVAN.
IVETfBulgarian
Bulgarian form of YVETTE.
IVETAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of YVETTE.
IVETTEfSpanish
Spanish form of YVETTE.
IVONEfPortuguese
Portuguese form of YVONNE.